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Dear Santa

Nominations are now open for our Dear Santa 2020 appeal!

Christmas is a time of joy and UK children’s charity Embrace has launched its Dear Santa 2020 campaign to bring happy memories to children harmed by crime right across the UK.

Refer a child harmed by crime to receive a Christmas gift of their choice worth up to £30.

Together this Christmas we can turn wishes into reality for children recovering from the trauma of serious crime.

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  • Dear Santa is our seasonal appeal to deliver gifts of choice to children and young people harmed by serious crime across the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
  • Children referred for a Dear Santa gift may have suffered trauma as the result of sexual abuse, violence or neglect, or have lost a parent or loved one to homicide.
  • Dear Santa allows the nominated child to choose their own gift (worth up to £30) which is placed on our Dear Santa Wish List for public donation.
  • Embrace CVOC will wrap and deliver your gift in time for Christmas Day.
  • 100% of your donation goes to your chosen child.

Nominate now

Do you work for the police or a statutory agency/charity working with children impacted by serious crime?

If so, we need your help to identify those children and families who would benefit from a present of their choice this Christmas.

We will accept nominations for any crime type but, as a guide, previous nominations have included children who have suffered violence, sexual abuse and exploitation (including online crime), bereavement through homicide in all its forms, or who have witnessed violence in the home.

Just five minutes of your time could make all the difference to these families this Christmas.

We treat all information in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Donate now

You can purchase a gift for a child harmed by crime directly from Dear Santa Wish List. 

Simply select the wish-list and you’ll be redirected to our shop. Here you’ll find a list of Dear Santa gifts together with details of the recipients, for example their age, the region they come from and the crime.

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     Browse our Dear Santa wish-list for a child in your area

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     Choose a child’s gift and buy direct from our shop

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     Leave details to request a Certificate of Appreciation

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     Embrace CVOC Elves will wrap the gift

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     Santa will deliver it in time for Christmas Day!

Embrace CVoC Dear Santa Wish List

Amazon Smile gives you the option of making an additional 5% donation to Embrace CVOC which we will use solely to buy supermarket vouchers for families on low incomes, to help the whole family have an extra special Christmas.

Dear Santa 2019

With the countdown to Christmas well underway we’re delighted to report that our 2020 Dear Santa Christmas appeal has turned hundreds of wishes into reality this Christmas for children affected by crime across the UK.

Thanks to your kindness and generosity, our appeal will be delivering longed-for Christmas gifts to hundreds of children across the UK.

All gifts have now been purchased but donations remain open to cover late gift requests that we were not able to publish. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Team Embrace!

About Dear Santa

Dear Santa is our seasonal appeal to deliver gifts of choice to victims and witnesses of serious crime across the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Children referred for a Dear Santa gift may have suffered trauma as the result of sexual abuse, violence or neglect, or have lost a parent or loved one to homicide.

Dear Santa allows the nominated child to choose their own gift (worth up to £50) which is placed on our unique Amazon Smile Wish List for public donation.

Embrace CVOC will wrap and deliver your gift in time for Christmas Day.

100% of your donation goes to your chosen child.

Eligibility

  • We accept nominations for children up to and including the age of 18 who have been directly or indirectly impacted by serious crime such as homicide, sexual abuse, domestic violence or neglect.
  • Referrals are invited from our partner agencies and associates nationwide so we can ensure children right across the UK have the opportunity to receive a gift.
  • Please seek parent / guardian consent before submitting a referral. We need their details and also may need to contact the family directly.
  • We accept referrals for children directly or indirectly affected by crime. For example, a child impacted by sexual abuse plus their siblings. Please ensure sibling groups are all detailed on the same referral form.
  • In order for us to process the request please ensure all of the required information is completed on the referral form.
  • It is important our funds are channeled to support those most in need and so we prioritise children from families on low income.
  • We will notify you if for any reason we are unable to accept your referral due to capacity or criteria.

How to nominate

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Referral Form

Seek parental/guardian’s consent (or individual consent if aged 18) and fill out our online Referral Form, making sure to complete all boxes and choosing ‘Dear Santa’ in the drop-down menu. Please ensure all fields are completed.
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Sibling Groups

To nominate sibling groups please ensure they are all detailed on the same referral form.
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Gift Selection

Tell us the gift they would like to receive worth up to £30. This must be a single gift and not multiple gifts to the same value, which helps us process all requests. Alternatively we can provide Amazon vouchers at £20 for children aged 0-6 and £30 for those aged 7 – 18.

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Add to Wish List

We’ll place the chosen gift on our Dear Santa wish list and drive public donations from Monday November 2.

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Wrapped and Delivered

We’ll wrap the gift for Santa to deliver in time for Christmas Day.

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Gift Availability

No child will go without their gift. If their chosen gift is unavailable we will look to provide an alternative gift or voucher.

Please be assured that all information is treated in the strictest confidence and personal data managed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) using the secure third sector information management software Charitylog.

Support Dear Santa 2020

Last year, thanks to your support and the generosity of strangers, we delivered presents to more than 278 children across the UK.
Help us offer support to even more children recovering from the trauma of serious crime by:

SPREAD THE WORD

Tell your friends, family and colleagues about #DearSanta2020 – encourage them to donate.

GET SOCIAL

From Monday November 2 share our #DearSanta2020 messages with your followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn, adding your own message or experience to highlight the needs of vulnerable child victims of crime.

GROUP FUNDRAISER

Office cake sale? Pub quiz? Christmas jumper day? Dear Santa is a great way for friends, colleagues or groups to club together to fund a gift for a child victim of crime in their local community.

DEAR SANTA WISHLIST

From Monday November 2 buy an extra gift for a child of crime when you shop online this Christmas from our unique Dear Santa wish-list.
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ONLINE DONATION

Every penny counts. If you don’t have the time to purchase a gift directly, we’re happy to do this for you.

Donate Now

Make a donation and we will buy a gift on your behalf – Thank you and Merry Christmas!

FAQs
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Dear Santa 2019 – Frequently Asked Questions

Dear Santa 2019 is the seasonal fund-raising initiative delivered by Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVOC) to generate longed-for Christmas gifts for children and young people aged 18 and under who have suffered trauma through crime – either as victims or witnesses – and are from low income families.

In 2019, we aim to fund enough presents to provide Christmas cheer to hundreds of young victims right across the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

During the autumn, Embrace CVOC will collaborate with statutory agencies – such as the police and safeguarding workers – to seek suitable nominations.

On Monday September 16, we will launch the public campaign online and in the media asking people to ‘buy an extra gift for a child victim of crime when you shop online’ this Christmas, using the #DearSanta2019 hash-tag.

Donors can choose the gift and recipient from our unique Amazon Smile wish-list and these will all be delivered to the Embrace grotto for wrapping and delivery in time for the big day.

Where donor contact details are made available, they will receive an Embrace CVOC Certificate of Appreciation for their donation (or recipient of their choice if the donation is made on behalf of a friend/family member as a Christmas gift) and a personal thank you note from the child or family where possible.

Due to high demand Dear Santa nominations are now closed. This is to ensure requested gifts can be purchased, delivered to Embrace for wrapping and redelivered to the child in time for Christmas Day. Please browse our website for details of other support services available. If you would like to refer a child for other support please complete the Refer Now form.

Embrace CVOC is committed to protecting the privacy and security of any personal information we receives. All information shared with us is managed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) order. We use the secure platform charitylog for information management.

You will need to seek the express parental consent (for children aged 17 and below) or individual consent (for those aged 18) to nominate a child for Dear Santa 2019 and to share relevant information with Embrace CVOC.

Yes. Although we tend to receive nominations for more serious crime such as violence (including domestic abuse and neglect), sexual violence and exploitation, homicide in all its forms. We expect professionals to make their own judgement on this.

Not necessarily but our work targets children who have suffered trauma and require on-going support to help heal.

We can take self-referrals in some situations. However, to ensure our funds target those in need, we will always need to verify the victim/crime is genuine.

Yes but please make sure to fill out a separate referral form for each child.

Embrace will be pleased to help. Please e-mail info@emnbracecvoc.org.uk with details and we can discuss with you how best we can provide support.

That great! We’re always on the look out for more volunteers and fund-raisers. Money raised in one place (eg a county, or London borough) is ring-fenced by Embrace CVOC to help young victims of crime in that area – so you can be confident your work is contributing directly to help young people in your community. For information on how you can get involved visit our What You Can Do page.

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BUY A FAMILY A CHRISTMAS DINNER

You can also help the families of our child victims this Christmas by donating to Embrace to buy supermarket vouchers for a Christmas Dinner.

Donate: £10, £25, £50 – Or any amount you can spare this festive period.

Please ensure to leave reference FOOD VOUCHERS in the box provided.

Nominations for Dear Santa 2018 are now closed

Nominations for Dear Santa 2018 closed at 12 noon on Monday December 10.

This is to ensure requested gifts can be purchased, delivered to Embrace for wrapping and redelivered to the child in time for Christmas Day.

Please browse our website for details of other support services available.

If you would like to refer a child for other support please complete the refer now form.

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