Responding to the news that Big Lottery Fund has announced that it has extended its Heroes Return 2 programme by a further 12 months, Adrian Sanders told the Devon Week: “This scheme has done so much to enable veterans of WW2 to take trips back to places across the world where they served, and it is fantastic that more will get this opportunity in 2011.”
Since 2004 over 50,000 people have made commemorative trips with funding from BIG’s Heroes Return schemes, with grants totalling over £24 million.
Any veterans who fought with or alongside British forces in World War 2 and who reside in the UK or the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply for a grant. War widows and widowers of veterans are also eligible for funding, and carers and spouses can receive funding to travel with veterans.
Grants of £150 to £5,500 are available, depending on the number of people taking part and the destination.
Further information on the programme can be found on the Heroes Return site.
Adrian added: “I hope that many more of my constituents who served in WW2 will take this opportunity to make their personal battlefront journeys to the places they saw action”