Estate agent Cowley Groves has been presented with the Royal British Legion’s Civic Award by vice-chairman Major Charles Wilson.

The Legion chose Cowley Groves due to its ’outstanding support to the Poppy Appeal’.

Each year, the company gives up its window on Victoria Street, removing its property adverts and replacing it with poppy posters and asking corporate and individual clients to sponsor the display.

According to the Legion, this raises more than £1,500 a year and helps the island win the Poppy Cup for the most amount of money collected by a Legion area in the British Isles.

Major Wilson told the Manx Independent: ’This is a token of the Legion’s appreciation for Cowley Groves’ efforts.

’The company is a signatory to the armed forces covenant, promising to honour and respect the service of our armed forces.

’This is a remarkable example of your dedication to both the Legion and the covenant, a big thank you to Cowley Groves.’

Mark Canty, director at Cowley Groves received the award from Major Wilson.

He said: ’It’s been a great pleasure for the company to contribute in this way, staff and clients get behind our yearly projects for this excellent cause.

’Every year we think of new ideas for our display. We look forward to continuing our help in this way.’

The Isle of Man regularly tops the amount raised by a Legion per head of population in the British Isles, winning the Poppy Cup at least 40 times since its creation.

For more information on the work of the Royal British Legion or to learn how companies or individuals can contribute call country secretary, Ann Cottier, on 823974 or email [email protected].