10:24 Thursday 05 June 2014

Sir Jim Paice calls on WW2 veterans to take advantage of 'Heroes Return 2' initiative

Written byJORDAN DAY

Sir Jim Paice Sir Jim Paice

An initiative which helps Second World War veterans and their spouses return to the places where they served is being backed by MP Sir Jim Paice.

The ‘Heroes Return 2’ programme offers veterans from the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland grants of up to £8,140 towards travel and accommodation expenses.

With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, Heroes Return 2, which is being run by the Big Lottery Fund, offers an opportunity for former service personnel to commemorate lost friends.

To date, over £28 million has been awarded to more than 57,000 veterans, their widows, spouses and carers, for journeys in the UK and beyond.

Sir Jim said: “With both the First World War centenary and 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings this year, it is vital we ensure that those who served can commemorate the huge sacrifices made.”

For more information about the programme or to apply for funding, visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_heroes_return.

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