A Canvey Island opticians dedicated its first day in business to raising awareness and funds for the Poppy Appeal.

Specsavers in Canvey Island opened its doors to customers for the first time on Remembrance Sunday, marking the date in store and donating 10 per cent of the day’s takings to the annual appeal from The Royal British Legion.

A word from the store director

Lee Hansford, store director of Specsavers in Canvey Island, said: ‘As we opened our store at such an important time of year, we felt a responsibility to remember and acknowledge our service men and women and their families here on Canvey Island. That is why we decided to donate a portion of our takings from our first day to the Poppy Appeal. The charity faces a huge challenge this year, as it tries to raise £40 million, and we’re honoured to be assisting their efforts.’

More about the Poppy Appeal

Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to care for those serving in the British Armed Forces, those who have previously served and their families.

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