Who we are

Meet the team 

Our vision

The Cotton Tree Children’s Trust is a UK charity, established in 2006, that aims to create a nurturing environment for the orphans under its care in Freetown, the national capital of Sierra Leone.

The Trust is dedicated to providing the 15 orphans currently in its care with access to the essentials that many of us take for granted. It places the children in a caring environment while aiming to create educational opportunity.

The Trust owes its name to Freetown’s most famous landmark and historical symbol, the Cotton Tree. Legend has it that the city’s first settlers, a group of former African American slaves who gained their freedom after fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, rested and prayed in its shadows after landing in Freetown in 1792.

The Committee of The Cotton Tree Children’s Trust

Rosemary Bidwell, Founder and Director

Rosemary founded The Cotton Tree Children’s Trust in 2006 and has led the charity since its creation. She was inspired to set up the charity after a trip to Sierra Leone, where she was moved by the story of a teenage mother whose parents had been killed by rebels during the civil war when she was just 9 years old.


   Ron Toft, Secretary and Publicity Officer




Andrew Webb, Treasurer




Nick Leonard, Committee Member





Anne Leonard, Committee Member