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Welcome to Charity Begins At Home

Charity Begins At Home has set out to help fundraise for children with Cerebral Palsy. The main aim and focus is to aid these children in sucessfully travelling to america and paying for their operation at St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri. If you know of a child that would benefit from Charity Begins At Home's assistance, please fill out the contact form here

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Learn about Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), a method for treatment of spastic cerebral palsy offered at the Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity at St. Louis Children's Hospital. For more information, visit


Our Mission statement

Charity Begins At Home is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children. We reach into communities to offer financial assistance and services to children and organizations that serve children.

Through hard work, thoughtful stewardship, and single-minded focus on the needs of the young, we strive to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, our communities, and the need at a time.

Myia's Story



Charity Begins At Home is showing great support for our "Help Cherie Walk" campaign. I am trying to raise money to get my 5-year old daughter Cherie for a life-changing operation to Missouri, USA. Charity begins at home has been collecting funds on our behalf, and also giving us much needed advice for organizing our events and fund raisers. Through Charity begins at home, I have also met other families in same situation, which has been very beneficial. I am very grateful for Charity begins at home's assistance. I am confident that with their continuous help I can make the target of 60 000 euros needed to fund the operation.

Hi, My name is Cherie Anderson, I am 5 years old. My only dream is to be able to walk. I’d like to thank you for taking the time to look at my website. I have a condition called Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Diplegia which means my legs are very stiff, they ache a lot and I need to wear splints every day. I use my walker and wheelchair as my balance is not very good and my legs get tired sometimes. My family and friends are trying to raise enough money to get me to USA for an operation to help me walk and live an independent life. The surgery will also reduce me getting deformity problems in my body as I grow. The operation is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy or SDR, and is performed by Dr. T.S Park at the St. Louis Children Hospital in Missouri. This operation is not available in Europe yet (except in UK where they have started it at the end of 2011 and a first few children have been now operated).

My website has been setup to help raise awareness and hopefully generate enough support and donations to help me get to America, to have a life changing procedure which will make my legs work better. Our target amount is €60,000. This will cover the SDR operation, orthopaedic surgery for my hamstrings, stay at the hospital, 4 weeks post-op physiotherapy at the St. Louis hospital, and two months intensive physiotherapy after returning home from USA. Please have a look around the site, to find out further information about my condition and the operation, and the many ways you can help support my cause. Love, Cherie. Read more:

Please remember to add in a payment reference, so I know who has helped me by sending money this way.
Cheques : Send cheques payable to HELP CHERIE WALK to : Charity Begins At Home 14 Main Street Dundrum Dublin 14

Jacob's Journey To Walk

Hi! My name is Jacob. I was born in Dublin, Ireland on the 12th of November 2008, weighing 8 lb 12 oz. I am a bright, funny & very clever little boy. I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (spastic diplegia) after an MRI scan, at 18 months old. I attend Enable Ireland Tallaght and currently walk with the aid of a Kaye frame.

There is an operation in St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri that costs 50,000 euro that will enable me to walk properly. I'm looking for all the help I can get in fundraising for this. Please donate to my cause. Thank you for your help!

View Jacob's first brave steps after the op here. _______________________________________________________________________________________________


The gift that keeps giving

We have purchased over €8000 euro worth of counter top money tins (1500 tins) and have given them to the families to help fundraise.
So far, Charity Begins At Home have donated the following amounts : Adam €1000, Jacob €1792, Michael €3650, Myia €14,464 and Cherie €13,064. Charity begins at home have also helped organise events and created campaigns that have fundraised money directly to the kids separate to our donations above.


We are delighted to report that Niamh has had her life changing operation and is making a good recovery. Everyone here at Charity Begins At Home wish her and her family the best of luck for the future!

Adam Curran

"We would like to say a big thank you to Charity begins at home for their continued help, support and donations for our son Adam" Patrick & Joanne (Adams Mum and Dad)

We are delighted to report that Adam has recently had his operation in America. We wish him and his family our best wishes and a speedy recovery.

Adam is now undergoing extensive physiotherapy at his home with specialists from Enable Ireland and can now walk flat footed with the aid of his walking frame.

Experts in Missouri have predicted Adam will move to a tripod early in the new year and could be walking unaided for the first time within six months. Mother Joanne said "Adam has got his wish and I see no reason why he can't go on get his next one and that is to play for his beloved Bray Wanderers." Contact Adam's parents - Patrick and Joanne Contact Number: 087 313 5424

Donations Urgently Wanted Free Home collection service

We collect all clothes, furniture, toys, TVs, computers, book, etc or you can drop them down to our shop. We can come to your home and collect in our van Give us a call or a text for a discreet and immediate collection any day or night.