Monday, 2 June 2014

D-Day 70th Commemorations and Big Lottery Fund

Dear Mr Jones, This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and many Second World War veterans will be marking this historic occasion with commemorative visits to the places they served, supported by a Big Lottery Fund grant.

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the funding available for WW2 veterans through our Heroes Return programme and ask for your help in publicising this funding in your constituency.

Through Heroes Return 2, we offer WW2 veterans from the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland grants from between £165 to £8,140 towards travel and accommodation expenses to enable them their spouse and carers to make trips back to places across the world where they served, or make a commemorative visit in the UK.

To date we have awarded over £28 million 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.

We are keen to offer the opportunity of funding to as many WW2 veterans as possible and would be grateful for your help in publicising this grants programme on your website, through social media, and via any other channels that might be appropriate.

Further details can be found at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn or by calling our Heroes Return helpline 0845 0000 121. You can also follow us on Twitter @biglotteryfund.

Yours sincerely

Shaun Walsh
Deputy Director for External Relations
Big Lottery Fund