Since 2006, the Cottman Foundation has worked on pro bono and CSR initiatives on an ad hoc basis. In 2017, the Cottman Charitable Foundation was legally established to oversee, formalise, accelerate and expand the Foundation's fundraising and project work.


Our Mission

The Cottman Foundation's mission is to:

1. Combat domestic violence and other forms of physical and/or sexual violence or harassment against those at risk

2. Protect child welfare at home and overseas, including taking action against knife crime

3. Identify and facilitate diverse outreach programmes, including, but not limited to, the fields of medicine, human rights, education and access to clean water

4. Promote diversity and equality and broaden the horizons and expectations of those most in need


Sam Cottman (founder of the Cottman Foundation) and his team summited Mount Kilimanjaro raising vital funds to support Orbis’s work in Ethiopia. Their efforts raised over £4,000, which contributed to funding eye care treatments for 1,597 patients in rural Ethiopia and the training of local ophthalmologists and health workers.

Their incredible support has enabled us to save the sight of thousands of people by strengthening eye care services available in local communities. It is only with the support of individuals and organisations, such as the Cottman Foundation, that we can continue saving sight worldwide.”
— Kathryn Sweet, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Orbis UK

What We've Achieved

  • Kilimanjaro climb to raise funds for the treatment of over 1500 patients in Ethiopia in collaboration with Orbis

  • First hand building work on one of the first primary schools in Ghana in collaboration with Sabre Trust

  • Volunteer work with street children in Vietnam, orphans in Uganda and children from Soweto in South Africa

  • Coordinating donations, fundraising and legal response to Grenfell Tower fire

  • Event-based fundraising for:

    • MacMillan Cancer Support

    • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

    • Help the Heroes

    • Great Ormond Street Hospital

  • Running award-winning team of 30 advisers in domestic violence clinic in East London

  • Representing and obtaining protective injunctions for victims of domestic violence and funding the service of those injunctions in collaboration with NCDV

  • Funding the installation of knife bins across London in collaboration with Word4Weapons

  • Funding 130 socially deprived primary school girls to a private screening of inspirational Oscar nominated true story Hidden Figures

  • Part-funding London-based author Jessica Wilson's children's book "Sofia the Dreamer and her Magical Afro"