Camelia Botnar Foundation


Camelia Botnar Foundation

Maplehurst Road,


West Sussex

RH13 8DQ


The Camelia Botnar Foundation was established in 1979 by Octav Botnar and his wife Marcela, in memory of their only child, Camelia, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 20.


Octav Botnar was a highly successful entrepreneur whose commercial skills were legendary in the motor trade. He was a great, although discreet philanthropist and made donations of millions to charities during his lifetime. 


He died in 1998 at the age of 84, leaving the Camelia Botnar Foundation as his enduring legacy to helping young people in difficulty.



The Camelia Botnar Foundation provides residential training and work experience, helping young people to learn a skilled trade, embark on a useful career path and successfully make their own way in life.


The Foundation invites applications from anywhere in the UK. Potential trainees can be either male or female, but must be aged between 16 and 19 and have left full time schooling.


Applicants should be in a  disadvantaged or problematic situation. They may be referred to the Foundation by their probation officers, social services, YOP workers, schools, organisations that help young people in difficulty, or a direct approach from relatives, guardians or the applicants themselves. Whatever the referral, each application must be voluntary.


No previous experience in a particular craft or skill is needed and no academic requirements are imposed.


The Foundation welcomes applications from anyone who meets the basic entry criteria and who have a real and positive commitment to learning a skilled trade and to changing the pattern of their life for the better and for good.


For further information please see our How to Apply page.