Barbara joined force with Royal British Legion’s Walkden President Ken Austin to encourage veterans to take advantage of the Government’s ‘Heroes Return’ scheme.
The scheme provides a travel grant so that veterans can return to a country where they saw active service during the war, to remember their fallen comrades.
"The scheme is being run by the New Opportunities Fund, working with ex-service organisations such as the Royal British Legion. Funding is provided for veterans and their spouses or carers to accompany them to countries where they served, such as France, North Africa or the Far East. Widows and widowers of veterans can also apply for grants for remembrance visits.”
“The Fund will also help veterans to record their experiences on these visits so that new generations can learn from the huge sacrifice that was made by so many people to secure a free world.”
Barbara and Ken Austin have been publicising the scheme to veterans locally and Barbara has had posters printed to spread the message about the scheme, as there is now less than one month left for veterans to apply for the grant.
"Only 13 veterans from Worsley have applied for the travel grants so far. With help from the Salford Advertiser we hope that we can tell more people locally and throughout Salford about the scheme so that they can apply in time."
Barbara Keeley with Ken Austin