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Lottery Funding for Veterans

Last Updated: Tuesday 18th January 2011, 10:53 am

HeroSince the National Lottery launched in 1994, war veterans have always been close to the heart of good causes. From trips to Dunkirk to memorial events, lottery funding has been helping and now there is more lottery funding for veterans to allow them to visit wartime scenes. All of this lottery funding, for the many veterans projects has come from the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return 2 scheme which has now been extended to 2012!

This week, the lottery funding has allowed octogenarian Ben Yates to travel back to Egypt for the first time since he spent two years there between 1941 and 1943 on board the Royal Navy Destroyer, HMS Aldenham. Travelling with his was George Murray from Glasgow, another octogenarian benefitting from this scheme.

The cost is just a couple of thousand, not much from the good causes fund but a lot to these men who gave so much to our country. Thanks to lottery funding, this scheme will now continue through this year and into 2012, giving old soldiers the chance to remember and make peace with times gone by, in what might be their final opportunity.

If you’re buying lottery tickets for the midweek double rollover, then you might want to keep stories like this in your mind. Over a quarter of the £1 for each lottery ticket goes to good causes, allowing the National Lottery to help causes such as this one and many others around the UK.

In other news, the midweek double rollover is worth over £10 million! Do you really need any other reason to buy lottery tickets?


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