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Heroes Return 2

2 May 2009

Really pleased to see the benefit of our funding being recognised by MPs of all parties. Our first Veterans funding programme was really important to BIG and I’m delighted we’ve been able to extend that funding through our Heroes Return 2 programme. Great to see this recognised by a growing list of MPs, cross party, who have signed up to an Early Day Motion in support of our Heroes Return 2 programme:


That this House welcomes the announcement of further funding from the Big Lottery Fund to support World War Two veterans wishing to attend overseas anniversary events throughout 2009 and 2010 to commemorate the end of the Second World War; notes that the Heroes Return 2 programme builds on over £16 million of previous funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return programme that helped over 39,000 veterans, spouses, widows and carers to make commemorative trips to overseas Second World War battlesites; fully acknowledges the sacrifices that our servicemen and women made during the Second World War; recognises their bravery in defending the United Kingdom; and is pleased that this is rightly recognised through funding that will enable veterans to participate in commemorative visits across the world to mark the anniversaries of events that led to the end of the Second World War.
Read A copy of the EDM and its signatories
The EDM was tabled by Nick Harvey MP, Gerald Howarth MP, Gordon Marsden MP and Derek Twigg MP.
The text of the EDM speaks for itself but this is a great programme and I am delighted that BIG has been able to respond to a clear and deserving issue in this way.


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