Funds still available for WW2 Veterans to visit Active Service sites (Saturday 4th August 2010)
The Big Lottery Fund still has money available to enable World War 2 Veterans and their widows or widowers to visit the sites of wartime active service under the Heroes Return” programme.
The programme ceases at the end of 2010, by which time visits must have been made, and funds are also available, where appropriate, to reimburse expenditure already incurred but not claimed.
Drawing attention to this scheme North Thanet`s MP, Roger Gale, says:
A significant number of the `Old and Bold` , or their widows, have already taken the opportunity to visit or re-visit the scenes of wartime activity. These visits have included trips to sites within the UK, to France, Holland, Italy, Greece and Germany and also as far afield as the USA, Australia and the Far East. The grants available can provide for veterans or their widows , along with spouses and carers.
Clearly as time passes there is a diminishing number of veterans or spouses that wish and are physically able to re-visit battlefields and camps but it is also clear that many of the 10,000 who have taken advantage of the scheme have gained a great deal from the experience. I hope that if any of my constituents qualify and would like to take up the offer they will either make direct contact with the fund or make contact with my own office. We shall be pleased to endeavour to assist them”.