HOWZAT! The Veterans Charity replaces stolen cricket gear for disabled former soldier

We were appalled to read a story in the Yeovil Press earlier today about former soldier, Michael Day who had lost all of his much-prized cricket gear when thieves broke into his vehicle.

Michael, who served with The Rifles Regiment, was injured by a hand grenade whilst on tour in Afghanistan. He suffered spinal injuries, brain damage and has been left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He has recently discovered a love for playing cricket and is part of a disabled team. He says "I was devastated. This had hurt me to the core. I had just started playing disabled cricket to try and better myself and this happens. I was supposed to be playing this weekend with the Help for Heroes and thought I would have to miss out on that but now I will be able to play. It's very humbling that The Veterans Charity has done this for me!"

The thieves stole Michael's Kookaburra kit bag which contained his bat, gloves, pads, protective gear, cricket whites, trainers and tracksuit.

After disuccing it with Michael, we were able to source replacements for the items he has lost and we are very pleased to say that he will be taking delivery of everything in the next two days in plenty of time to play this weekend.

Whilst some cricket gear may not be considered by some as 'essential', to Michael, they mean vital exercise, a hobby he really enjoys where he can interact with others in a similar situation to him and something to look forward to each week.

We wish Michael the very best with this weekend's game and we sincerely hope that he continues to progress and enjoy his sport.

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