Veterans scheme could save cash

WORLD War II heroes have been urged to take a last chance to apply for a scheme which helps them to return to places where they saw active service.

The Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return scheme provides veterans and their widows with funding for trips overseas along with a spouse or carer.

They can also receive funding to help them to take part in any official commemoration’s in the UK.
And Fylde MP Mark Menzies has urged veterans who would be keen to do so to seize the opportunity.

“I don’t know if there are any veterans out there who are keen to take part,” he said.

“But if anyone is interested in doing so it would be a shame for them to miss out on this scheme which could save them money.

“I would urge anyone with an interest to apply soon.”

Trips must be taken by the end of 2010 so time is of the essence.

Veterans who have already taken trips but were unaware of Heroes Return can also apply retrospectively.

So far more than 10,000 people have been awarded a total of £7m to return to places including Italy, France, Germany and Australia.

Call 0845 0000 121, email general.enquries@biglotteryfund.org.uk or visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_heroes_return

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