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Mike Kennedy, an injured Royal Navy veteran, has created a limited-edition, handmade cricket bat to raise money for Help for Heroes. 

It was in 2008 serving in Iraq that Mike was caught up in a rocket attack. He sustained massive injuries to his lower back and spent the next five years in and out of rehab.

In a bid to forge a new career, Mike, an outstanding cricketer, received support from Help for Heroes to get back on his feet, regain his confidence and he began to shape his future in cricket. From this, World Class Willow was set up.

According to many first-class cricketers, the bats are now very much considered world-class.

He now wants to give back to ensure others have the opportunities he has had.

“I want to see Help for Heroes still be around in generations to come. Whilst being involved with Help for Heroes Cricket I have seen lives changed and even saved!"

Royal Navy veteran and World Class Willow founder, Mike

Mike with the Help for Heroes special edition bat

The special edition run of 100 Help for Heroes cricket bats from World Class Willow can be purchased on their website. £10,000 will be donated to the charity, which will support more veterans, like Mike, on their recovery journeys.

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