EDITOR – I am writing to you on behalf of Second World War veterans who, due to a lack of advertising, may not have been aware that in 2010 financial grants, Heroes Return II, were available from the Big Lottery Fund to enable veterans, male or female, to pay a visit of remembrance to the theatre of war that they were involved in.
It appears that the number of veterans claiming these grants was far less than anticipated resulting in these grants being extended to December 31 2012.
It would be extremely helpful if you can find space in your newspaper to make these details known so that veterans, who will now be aged 80 and over may still take advantage of these grants and plan a visit.
The grants range from £150 to cover travel and accommodation for veteran, spouse and carer, within the UK, £1,300 to Northern Europe and £5,500 to the Far East.
These grants are also available to widows and widowers of veterans.
As I have received a grant for a visit I made last December, I would be more than willing to advise any of your readers on how and where to claim.
Tel: 01773 853 181
Chairman of the 49 Squadron Association