Welcome to the Cavendish Spencer Trust


The Cavendish Spencer Trust is a charity dedicated to providing funding towards holidays and respite breaks for adults with severe physical disabilities due to neurological or neuromuscular disorders.

For more about us click here

The Cavendish Spencer Trust may provide up to 50% of the full cost of a one or two week holiday of your choice. If you wish to apply for funding, please read further and complete an application form here

There are many places that provide breaks for individuals with severe physical disabilities. If you wish to apply for funding, you can download an application form here

The CST is named after Robin Cavendish and Geoffrey Spencer, two great friends who together pioneered the cause of holidays for the severely disabled. Robin Cavendish, who died in 1994, was a severely disabled and respirator-dependant polio sufferer, who pushed constantly at the constraints of his severe disability. Geoffrey Spencer is an inspirational doctor who cared for severely disabled and respirator-dependent people at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. In 1970 they founded Refresh, a charity that built a holiday home for the severely disabled, Netley Waterside House, on Southampton Water. Following the sale of Refresh’s ownership in Netley Waterside House, these proceeds are now made available to fund individual holidays for the disabled, in combination with funds from the Robin Cavendish Memorial Fund. The merging of these two charities has created the Cavendish Spencer Trust, which will continue to pursue the vision of the founders.

“The Cavendish Spencer Trust is a registered charity, no 1159472, and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, registration number 09221328. Registered office: Hunters, 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QN”