The Sun’s Christmas appeal

10 January 2017
The Sun smiles at Christmas appeal

In December, the Sun's Smiles At Christmas campaign raised an incredible £500,000 in cash and toys to share with us and three other charities. Sun smiles logo

Through its Smiles at Christmas appeal, the Sun newspaper asked its readers to donate money and toys to put a smile on the faces of those children that need it most.

Our CEO Cliff O’Gorman said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Sun readers and the companies who have donated toys.
These special gifts have allowed us to surprise and delight the children who are fighting cancer this Christmas. It's a wonderful gesture.”

Watch the children's thank you videos

Some of the children have filmed their thank you.

A thank you from Sam - a videoWatch the thank you from Sam

Watch the thank you from Louis and his twin sister Grace

Watch the thank you from Luke and his mum Claire

Watch the thank you from Rose and her family

Read more: Sam's story | Louis' story | Luke's story | Rose's story

The stories the Sun published

Bella-Rose in hospitalBella-Rose helped to launch the Sun's Smiles At Christmas campaign, while spending time in hospital. But a delivery of toys brought a smile to her face. Read the Sun's story below about Bella-Rose

Bella-Rose wants to be home for Christmas this year

Some of the other stories that appeared can be found below:

How your donations help

Bella-Rose wants to be home for Christmas this year

Christmas hero Henry

Stars get behind the Smiles at Christmas campaign

A mum's joy

The devastating moment a mum was told her baby had leukaemia

17 month old Poppy-Mai  was diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer

Ethan was diagnosed with cancer just before his fifteenth birthday

Little Hazy's weakened immune system means she'll spend Christmas in isolation

See how your donations brought smiles

On behalf of the children and their families, thank you to the Sun, the Sun readers and the companies who donated toys. 


Where your money goes

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