Grays eyecare experts raised a three figure sum for ex-service people in November.

The team from Specsavers in Grays raised £180.30 for Blind Veterans UK – which is celebrating its 100th anniversary year in 2015 – by hosting a special prize draw in store.

Ticket holders also received one of the last remaining copies of The Price of Freedom Lest We Forget, a poetry collection by Grays great-grandmother, June Simmons. June’s war poetry collection was re-released last year following sponsorship by the Grays store, with all proceeds being donated to the charity.

A word from the store director

Niki Kaur, store director at Specsavers in Grays, said: ‘Once again, the people of Grays have shown great generosity. Blind Veterans UK is a cause very close to our hearts and it’s clear to see, it’s something our community also feels passionately about.

‘Our journey with this exceptional charity started with the publication of June’s book, so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank June again for inspiring us with her beautiful words.’

More about the charity

Blind Veterans UK 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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