Chance for veterans to journey back

Plough Place, London

Following the overwhelming popularity of our Heroes Return 2 funding programme, I am delighted to announce the Big Lottery Fund has extended its scheme for a further year, enabling even more Second World War veterans from across Calderdale to return to the places where they fought.

Originally the grants scheme was scheduled to close this month but BIG has decided to extend it to ensure as many veterans as possible can take advantage of the funding.

This extension of the scheme will be a big help to those who have felt so far unable to make their personal journeys back to the battlefronts of WWII. It is clear how valuable these journeys are in helping veterans come to terms with the traumatic experiences they remember and to honour the comrades lost almost 70 years ago.

To date over 50,000 individual journeys have been made through Heroes Return 2 and its fore-runner grants scheme to former battle-fronts such as Italy, France, Greece, Holland, Germany and the Far East as well as to attend commemorative events within the UK.

The Lottery grants are available for travel and accommodation costs for veterans or their widows, along with spouses and a carer, and I urge any veterans yet to be awarded a grant from the scheme to get in touch

Details about the scheme and how to apply are available by calling 0845 00 00 121 or visiting www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn

Anna Southall

Interim Chair of the Big Lottery Fund