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Lottery and MP Marching on with War Veterans: MP Toby Perkins launches Lottery funded project for WW2 veterans

Lottery and MP Marching on with War Veterans: MP Toby Perkins launches Lottery funded project for WW2 veterans

Following a presentation from The Big Lottery at the Houses of Parliament, Toby Perkins, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, joined servicemen from WW2, along with representatives of veterans associations and the Royal Legion at the regional launch of the ‘Heroes Return Project. After attending the meeting in Westminster, Mr. Perkins arranged the event to raise awareness of the funding opportunities for former servicemen over 65 years on.

The initiative has played a leading role in funding visits for veterans of the Second World War to the country in which they were stationed in an attempt to reconcile the past of all those who were called upon to serve their country overseas between 1939 and 1945.

The Project has ensured that Second World War veterans from the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland, along with a spouse or carer, can make a trip of a lifetime. Sadly few veterans are fit enough to take advantage of the scheme which has funded around 50,000 trips to countries from Germany to India. However, many heroes remain unaware of the Big Lottery’s Project despite the growing awareness of the great debt the country owes to those who served overseas in the most widespread conflict of the 20th Century.

Mr. George McCracken of Gloucester Avenue who served throughout North Asia in WW2 was present at the launch.

At the event Mr. Perkins said:-

“The ‘Heroes Return’ Project has given thousands of war heroes across the UK the opportunity to re-visit the country in which they were stationed during one of the most brutal and widespread conflicts in human history. Recent events in Chesterfield show huge support for our veterans and armed services, but there remains significant numbers of former service men and women who are yet to take advantage of this fantastic initiative.

He added:-

“The British Legion has in the past had to bear the financial cost of visits of this kind. The Big Lottery’s Project now frees up much needed capital at the Royal Legion which can now be re-directed onto other projects to benefit those who served our country and our region with such professionalism, pride and bravery”.

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