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…the holiday was a real success, we were rested, and inspired on so many levels. I still have sketches and photographs to work on when I have time, and have a mind full of memories. Your contribution towards it was very generous and gratefully received.

This trust has been set up in the memory of Charlie Bayne (1965–90) who spent four years as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1985–89. Paralysed from the shoulders downwards, he was looked after during that time by a series of volunteer carers.

Charlie was an enthusiastic traveller. During his time at Cambridge he made many journeys both within the British Isles — to the north of Scotland and the west of Ireland — and further afield, reaching as far as Warsaw, St Petersburg and the southern United States. His carers or other friends went with him. Charlie gained great satisfaction and a sense of freedom from these travels which enriched his mind.

Charlie died in July 1990. The Travel Trust has been created, from money he himself earned, to help other disabled students at Cambridge enjoy the same sort of experiences as he did.

The fund has also benefited from donations given by family and friends in memory of Dominique Oliver (1978–1999), who herself was a recipient of a travel grant from the Trust in 1997 which she used to fund a trip to Italy.

Terms of the Award

  • The Trust shall offer travel grants to undergraduate and postgraduate students with a disability in Cambridge, at the University or Anglia Ruskin University. The Trust is intended to assist students who face extra costs in travelling as a result of their disability. The Trustees have discretion on the number and size of the awards. Grants will normally be up to £500 per person, and will be awarded according to the merit and cost-effectiveness of the applications (rather than their size). The Trustees may award grants for smaller amounts than are sought by the applicants.
  • Disabled students who are wheelchair users should be the principal beneficiaries; but the fund is open to all students with physical disabilities including those with sensory impairments.
  • The grants shall be used to finance travel, educational in the broadest sense, in the United Kingdom or abroad. Travel in support of voluntary charitable activity or to enhance international understanding is also eligible. Grants are not intended to finance travel between Cambridge and the student's or carer's home, unless the Trustees are satisfied that such travel contributes to the wider purposes of the Trust.
  • Grants may be made towards the travel costs of accompanying carers; and in allocating grants the Trustees will recognise that the need for a carer adds to the cost of the disabled student's travel.
  • Grants may be used to cover both direct travel expenses (e.g. transport, accommodation, and insurance) and indirect costs (e.g. purchases of equipment, clothing, books).
  • A student or carer may benefit from a travel grant more than once. Undergraduates are eligible to apply for the travel grant in the summer immediately after graduation.

Notes for Applicants

  • Please return your completed application form to the Disability Resource Centre, Keynes House, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA. The deadline is Friday 26 May 2017.
  • Applications should be made on the special form, but you are welcome to add any further details in a covering letter.
  • On the form, please give as much detail about your plans, costings, and other funding applications as you can, even if some are still provisional.
  • The Trustees may wish to interview applicants (and their carers, if appropriate) in Cambridge before making the awards.
  • Grants will be paid in advance of your intended travel. If, for some reason, you have to make major changes to your travel plans, or have to cancel between receiving the award and the intended departure date, you must notify the Trustees as they reserve the right to recall all or part of the grant if they are satisfied that it is no longer needed.
  • As a condition of the award, you must supply the Trustees with a written report of the travels financed with the help of the grant. Reports should be illustrated if possible with photographs, and should be submitted by 31 October.