Best Book Publishers UK | Austin Macauley Publishers

By: Rosemary Bidwell

A Story of Hope and Happiness

Pages: 140 Ratings:
Book Format: Choose an option

*Available directly from our distributors, click the Available On tab below

This is a story of triumph over adversity – an absorbing, thought-provoking, sometimes amusing but often heart-rending account of British businesswoman Rosemary Bidwell’s struggles to set up and run an orphanage in Sierra Leone, West Africa, for orphaned street children – youngsters whose parents had been savagely killed in a truly awful civil war.

Read how, against seemingly insurmountable odds, Rosemary founded the Cotton Tree Children’s Trust charity in 2006 and set about raising thousands of pounds through donations, sponsorship, talks and myriad fund-raising events to give 20 African children a second chance in life.

Through her charity, Rosemary provided her charges not only with a roof over their heads, regular meals, clothing and general welfare and educational support, but love and affection.

Read, too, how Rosemary had to overcome all manner of obstacles on the way to achieving her goal: everything from corruption, bribery, fraud and interrogation by police for 11 hours without diplomatic representation to being falsely accused of child trafficking and suffering a suspected heart attack and having to be airlifted home.

Despite the trials and tribulations, Rosemary has overcome the many and varied setbacks she encountered over a period of 18 years. Today, thanks to her dedication, perseverance and Christian beliefs, the Cotton Tree children can now face the future with confidence and know that they have been given an opportunity to prosper in life that, sadly, has been denied to so many other Sierra Leone children.

Rosemary Bidwell, a daughter of a Baptist Minister, was born in Somerset. A former nurse, college lecturer and bridal designer, she owned her highly successful bridal business ‘Exclusive by Design’ in Warwick where she became the first woman Rotarian. It was through her work with Rotary International, she went out to Sierra Leone in 2003 to see the devastation caused by the civil war. This was to change her life. She took a step of faith, sold her business and set up her own charity devoting the rest of her life to caring for orphaned and abandoned street children in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Customer Reviews
0 reviews
0 reviews
Write a Review
Your post will be reviewed and published soon. Multiple reviews on one book from the same IP address will be deleted.

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience and for marketing purposes.
By clicking any link on this page you are giving your consent for us to set cookies