BIG Lottery: Heroes Return

The author, Ted Cachart, a World War II veteran, and his friend, John Babbage, have details of the extension of a very exciting Big Lottery fund which helps WW2 veterans of UK Forces (or their widow/widower) to make a commemorative visit to the sites on which they served.

A keyboard button with the word "news" written upon it.Heroes Return has been extended to allow applications from those veterans who so far have been unable to make a visit.

The grants are open to veterans from the UK, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland.

As the Big Lottery only funds one visit per veteran, widow or widower, they hope to ensure as many individuals prevail of the fund as possible. In fact, carers and spouses can also receive funding to travel with the veterans.

How much are the grants?

The grants range from  £150 - £5,500 depending on:

  • the number of people taking part
  • the destination

Ted the Lad: A Schoolboy Who Went to War

Ted Cachart, author of Ted the Lad, was just 17 years of age when he had to bail out of a Lancaster bomber in pitch black on a freezing cold January night in 1944. He was just 60 miles from Berlin when he parachuted into the unknown. He was captured and had to spend the rest of the war in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp.

Former Sgt. Cachart, who is also the chairman of the 49 Squadron Association, told us:

Veterans who fought with UK Forces, their widows or widowers can all apply. The offer extends to Merchant Seamen, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Women's Royal Naval Service and Auxiliary Territorial Service personnel.

As I have received a grant for a visit I made last December, I would be more than willing to advise any of the Rights 4 Seniors readers on how and where to claim.

With Mr Cachart's very kind permission, I have printed his details below, as he welcomes engaging with veterans and their families. The scheme is due to end on the 31st December 2012, so make sure you avail of this great fund now.

Further Information

Heroes Return, funded by the Big Lottery

Or, if you would like to engage with Ted Cachart, author, veteran and fund grantee:

4 Cottage Close,

Heage, Belper, Derbyshire

DE56 2BS

Telephone: 01773 853 181 | Email (

(00 44 1773 853 181 from the Republic of Ireland)

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