VETERANS of the Second World War are being urged to apply for a grant so they can return to the places where they fought.
Millions of pounds of lottery money has been set aside for veterans to travel back to the places they did battle and commemorate comrades who did not return.
So far, the Big Lottery Fund has awarded £8.1 million to over 12,000 Second World War veterans, widows, spouses and carers across the country for journeys to France, Germany, the Far East and beyond.
The Heroes Return 2 scheme still has grants available and is urging veterans who have not yet applied for funding to get in touch as soon as possible.
Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: ‘A huge debt of gratitude and recognition is owed by today’s society to that special generation of men and women who fought across the world during the Second World War.
‘They built the peace and protected the freedoms we enjoy today.’
Desert Rats’ veteran Len Burritt, 92, will make the pilgrimage to Egypt in October alongside other veterans who saw action in the North African Campaign.
He said: ‘I’m looking forward to going back and seeing some of the places in which I served.
‘They have changed immeasurably since I was there with the Desert Rats but the memories of that time still remain strong.’
Information for grants is available by calling 0845 00 00 121 or visiting www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/heroesreturn