Sir Jim urges Second World War veterans to take advantage of grant funds

08:30 06 June 2014

Sir Jim Paice speaking in Parliament

Sir Jim Paice speaking in Parliament

Archant

SE Cambridgeshire MP Sir Jim Paice has backed a Big Lottery Fund initiative which helps Second World War veterans and their spouses return to places across the world where they served, or make a commemorative visit within the UK.

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 offers a valuable opportunity for former service personnel to commemorate lost friends.

D-Day marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War, which culminated in allied victory in Europe in May 1945 and in the Far East in August.

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

Sir Jim said: “I strongly support the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return 2 programme. With both the First World War centenary and 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings this year, it is vital we remember the lessons of history and ensure that those who served can commemorate the huge sacrifices made.”

“I would encourage all veterans, including their carers and spouses, to apply for funding under this fantastic scheme.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:03
Lorry overturns on A142 near Mepal after driver suffers medical emergency

A 32 tonne lorry overturned on the A142 near Mepal this morning when the driver suffered a medical emergency.

Yesterday, 10:22
Padnal Bank. Road blocked due to RTC.

A man says he is “fearful” for his life and has lost count of the amount of crashes between Padnal Road and Branch Bank outside his Littleport home – especially after seeing another collision last night.

Yesterday, 09:36
Both cars were written off following this A10 crash near Stretham

Motorists are being urged to tell the county council about overgrown vegetation after an accident on the A10 in which a businessman who suffered severe whiplash said he could not see an oncoming car due to six feet high grass.

Yesterday, 17:13
Who will succeed this man? MPs starting to declare who they will support to be the next PM: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

As a picture of who is supporting who in the leadership contest emerges over the coming days, we will bring you the latest here.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up