Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive
brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development.
Cerebral Palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination.

While Cerebral Palsy a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.

Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.

An individual with Cerebral Palsy will likely show signs of physical impairment. However, the type of movement dysfunction, the location and number of limbs involved, as well as the extent of impairment, will vary from one individual to another. It can affect arms, legs, and even the face; it can affect one limb, several, or all.

Cerebral Palsy affects muscles and a person’s ability to control them. Muscles can contract too much, too little, or all at the same time. Limbs can be stiff and forced into painful, awkward positions. Fluctuating muscle contractions can make limbs tremble, shake, or writhe.

Other complications, such as intellectual impairment, seizures, and vision or hearing impairment also commonly accompany Cerebral Palsy.

The impairment caused by Cerebral Palsy is manageable. In other words, treatment, therapy, surgery, medications and assistive technology can help maximize independence, reduce barriers, increase inclusion and thus lead to an enhanced quality of life.

The injury and damage to the brain is permanent. The brain does not “heal” as other parts of the body might. Because of this, the Cerebral Palsy itself will not change for better or worse during a person’s lifetime. On the other hand, associative conditions may improve or worsen over time.

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About us

Gracious Heart Charity Foundation is an independent,
non-profit organisation registered in the United Kingdom in August 2013.
Gracious Heart Foundation is for and all about the children.
We love to see children smile and hear them laugh.

We want to give them a chance to develop their abilities, to surpass our and social expectations, a chance to shine as bright as they can.

We plan to cooperate with artists, museums, schools, education centres, events, exhibitions, trips and other projects to not only elevate social awareness but to show that with the right support and funds we can care for children affected by Cerebral Palsy better than ever before.

Our mission is to help children with Cerebral Palsy and to also improve the lives of their families and carers.

Gracious Heart’s work includes: support of 4 biggest rehabilitation centres and families with children who have Cerebral Palsy, creating and developing social projects on raising awareness about CP and doing a lot of research on various methods of rehabilitation and clinics that provide best solutions for the disability.

We also pay a lot of attention to children’s mental condition and social integration. Our ultimate goal is to help children with Cerebral Palsy feel comfortable in society, offer the support they desperately need and to educate the public on misconceptions regarding cerebral palsy.

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Parents testimonials

  • Raising a child with special needs

    “Dominic was born healthy with no signs of any health issues. On the second day of his life we were given terrible news — Dominic has a Down Syndrome and has a murmur in his heart. We were devastated, scared and depressed, not knowing what the future hold for Dominic.”

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    Vera, Dominic's mother
    22.12.2016

Founder

Tatjana Korsakova
Tatjana Korsakova
Founder

A Very Merry Christmas from Gracious Heart

2016 has been an incredibly busy and momentously successful year in the history of Gracious Heart.

2016 has been an incredibly busy and momentously successful year in the history of Gracious Heart.

  • We funded Monday Parallel sessions with Small Steps.
  • We launched our first Charity Box in the UK.
  • We took part in the first UK Charity Week for Orphans and Needy Children.
  • We became a Brainwave Guardian.
  • We provided monetary support for equipment for families and their children affected by Cerebral Palsy.

And we couldn’t have done any of it without you.

From the bottom of our heart, thank you.

Gracious Heart in 2017

We’ll be back in the new year, ready to support more children and their families as they come to terms with the challenges of Cerebral Palsy.

We hope to fund the purchase of specialist eye care equipment for The Children's Trust, and we’ll also launch a brand new series of our popular Charity Boxes.

And plans are well underway for a special art event with Christie’s, which we are calling ‘In My Dreams’.

Fifteen artists will work together with disabled children to create unique pieces of artwork. Each masterpiece will then be auctioned at a gala dinner, with the proceeds going directly to the family whose child served as the inspiration for the piece.

If you’d like to find out more about this event, contact us here.

Proud of Dobroserdie — Our Sister Organisation

We weren’t the only ones who were busy this year. Our sister charity Dobroserdie achieved a great deal of success by funding several rehabilitation programmes for families with low income across Russia.

And as part of their ongoing fundraising efforts, they launched and sold 8 different Charity Boxes, and held a number of well-attended charity events.

In 2017, Dobroserdie are looking forward to the ‘Thousand Hearts’ pilot project, and funding doctor home visits for Russian families affected by Cerebral Palsy.

All that’s left to say is thank you once more for all your support in 2016. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year.

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