Be A Secret Santa for Scotland’s Children this Christmas

“I want to see my mummy smile again”

When you ask most children what they want for Christmas, they’ll probably say a Hatchimal, a Lovabella doll or even an iPad. But not Sophie. Sophie is nine years old and she and her mum are helped by our Family Support service in Falkirk. Sophie has written a heart-breaking letter to Santa that we’re sharing with you. All she wants this Christmas is for her mummy to be happy again.You wouldn’t think that’s a lot to ask. But for children like Sophie, this would make her Christmas dreams come true.


click to enlarge Sophie’s letter

Sophie’s Mum knows what it’s like to feel helpless and alone.

Mia has been coming to Aberlour’s Family Centre with Sophie and her siblings for nine years.

“The worst thing for me is not having family support. I’ve suffered anxiety and depression because of that, but Aberlour have taken the pressure off.

“My three children, Sophie, Jack and Emma absolutely love it at the centre, particularly Jack who loves getting the chance to play. My youngest had separation anxiety and the staff brought her on really well. Me and my partner thought my eldest, Sophie, wasn’t getting the attention she deserved because we had our hands full with the two younger ones. The wonderful staff at Aberlour worked with her at her school. That brought her on leaps and bounds

“I don’t have money, but I help Aberlour any way I can. If it wasn’t for Aberlour I don’t know what I’d have done. I couldn’t have survived without it.”

Your gift today will make a difference to a child’s life

By making a gift to this appeal today, you’ll be helping us be there for families like Sophie’s. Every penny donated towards this appeal will be used to help children and families throughout Scotland – where and when it’s needed most.

Our services help children to experience simple, everyday experiences that otherwise would be unavailable to them


And finally…

As a bit of fun, to bring smiles to children’s faces this Christmas, we’re asking our supporters to don our beard and join our Secret Santa gallery. Upload a selfie to or with the hashtag #aberloursecretsanta

To request your own Secret Santa beard, or to send us a picture, email