ROOT1SPORTS retailer Mr Cricket has teamed up with English manufacturer Gunn & Moore to launch a new GM “Hero” cricket bat to support Help for Heroes (H4H).

Paul Redfarn, Managing Director of Mr Cricket, explained: “We have been trying to find a way to help those brave soldiers returning from war with life changing injuries, both physical and mental.

“When we approached Gunn & Moore with this idea they responded enthusiastically and we hope that between us we can really help to make a difference.”

Helping real heroes

The bat was formally presented by England cricketer Joe Root to H4H ambassador and avid cricketer Mark Taylor.

Joe said: “The word ‘heroes’ is much overused in the world of sport and it was a privilege and a pleasure to play a part in helping real heroes.”

Mark, who was supported by the charity and plays for the H4H cricket team, said: “It is fantastic that GM and Mr Cricket have teamed up to make this happen and support H4H.

“The money raised really does help the wounded, injured and sick, whether it is a physical injury or a hidden wound. The bat looks great and I can’t wait to give it a good knock!”

Will you bat for charity?

The stunning new hero design is available from Mr Cricket in Burwell, Cambridge, or online at, with £50 from every bat sold going to the charity. It is hoped that more than £10,000 will be raised for Help for Heroes.

To find out more about Help for Heroes, including the charity’s latest events and initiatives, visit

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