A Grays great-grandmother has re-released her poetry collection to mark Remembrance Day.

The Price of Freedom Lest We Forget, by 78-year-old June Simmons, is on sale at Specsavers in Grays throughout November, with all proceeds going to the charity Blind Veterans UK.

A word from the poet

June said: ‘I have been raising funds for Blind Veterans UK for many years and happened to mention during an eye test in Specsavers in Grays that I once had a collection of war poems published. I was thrilled when the store offered to sponsor a reprint of my collection to help raise funds for this special cause around Remembrance Day.’

A word on behalf of Specsavers

Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers founder, said: ‘Like most people, when I heard June’s story, I was moved by her long-term commitment to fundraising for Blind Veterans UK. I’m glad Specsavers has been able to highlight her great efforts and support Blind Veterans through sponsoring the production of this wonderful collection of poetry.’

The collection was first published in 2005 and the new print run has been sponsored by the team at Specsavers in Grays.

A word from the sponsor

Jason Bennett, of Specsavers in Grays, said: ‘We have always shown our support to Blind Veterans UK at this time of year. However, when June shared her story with me during an appointment in store, I knew this was an extra special opportunity to support the charity and an extra special lady in the process. We hope the community shows their support and reflects on June’s words.’

Blind Veterans provides practical and emotional support to Armed Forces and National Service veterans, regardless of when and how they lost their sight.

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