Association of Oxford University Pensioners

Herford Bridge

Big Lottery Fund Grants for Veterans to return to their
theatre of war now extended to 31 December 2012

As a former member of Bomber Command I am writing to you on behalf of World War II veterans who, due to a lack of advertising, may not have been aware that in 2011 financial grants, Heroes Return II, were available from the Big Lottery Fund to enable veterans to pay a visit of remembrance to the theatre of war that they were involved in.

Veterans, male or female, widows, and widowers of veterans, can all apply. The offer also extends to Merchant Seamen, as well as WAAFs, WRENs and ATS who worked closely with active personnel.

It appears that the number of veterans claiming these grants was far less than anticipated, resulting in these grants being extended during 2012.

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.

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.

Ted Cachart
4 Cottage Close
Heage. Belper. Derbyshire.
DE56 2BS

Telephone: 01773 853181

Chairman of the 49 Squadron Association