Pensioner Keith Shoat, 84, has been selling poppies in Braintree town centre for the past 21 years, and has raised well over £20,000 for the Poppy Appeal.

In a story of true British spirit, we at the English Channel recognise the tireless work Mr Shoats has put in to maintaining British pride in our troops, thus preserving British culture and our history, a rare commodity in today’s society.

Mr Shoat said: “I think it is very important to support our services. It is so sad that people are still fighting and dying in wars today, but it means we need to keep raising money to support veterans.”

As well as the Poppy Appeal, Mr Shoat has been a long-term volunteer at Braintree’s Salvation Army, and says he has made many friends from his charity work in the town.

Mr Shoat will be selling poppies by the entrance to George Yard every day except this Friday in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday on November 12.

Please support Mr Shoats this November, by donating to the Poppy Appeal, or even by buying him a hot drink to make standing in the cold a little more bearable.


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