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UNITED and Find A Bet­ter Way, a land­mine char­ity founded by club leg­end Sir Bobby Charl­ton, have to­day launched a film to raise aware­ness of the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of land­mines across the world.

In the short film, se­nior world af­fairs pro­ducer Stu­art Hughes shares his story of work­ing across the globe with BBC News where in 2003, whilst on as­sign­ment in north­ern Iraq, he trig­gered an anti-per­son­nel land­mine.

The blast blew off his right heel and just days later Stu­art’s right leg was am­pu­tated be­low the knee.

With more than 110 mil­lion ac­tive land­mines glob­ally and nine peo­ple killed or maimed by land­mines ev­ery day, Stu­art’s story is just one of many ex­am­ples of the dev­as­ta­tion caused by land­mines.

Re­search sug­gests that it would cost an es­ti­mated £20 bil­lion and take over 1,000 years to clear all of the ac­tive land­mines us­ing cur­rent tech­nolo­gies.

Find A Bet­ter Way was ●● Stu­art Hughes and Sir Bobby Charl­ton at Old Traf­ford founded in 2011 by Sir Bobby Charl­ton, who whilst vis­it­ing a mine­field in Cam­bo­dia, saw first-hand the hu­man­i­tar­ian dam­age which land­mines con­tinue to cause in war torn ar­eas both past and present.

The for­mer United and Eng­land for­ward felt that there had to be a more ef­fi­cient way of negat­ing the ef­fects of mines and im­prov­ing safety and se­cu­rity for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties whose lives are blighted from them.

The char­ity is open­ing a se­ries of Sir Bobby Charl­ton Cen­tres for Sup­port and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion around the world to help vic­tims suf­fer­ing from both phys­i­cal and men­tal trauma. The first cen­tre was opened in Am­man, Jor­dan in Au­gust 2017 and is equipped with ex­cel­lent phys­io­ther­apy fa­cil­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers, plus an art-ther­apy pro­gramme de­signed es­pe­cially for chil­dren cop­ing with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

Com­ment­ing on his sup­port for the char­ity, Stu­art Hughes said: “Land­mines and other ex­plo­sive rem­nants of war are far more dam­ag­ing to com­mu­ni­ties around the world than many peo­ple re­alise.

“Find A Bet­ter Way, guided by Sir Bobby’s vi­sion, fo­cus on the long term im­pact of these ● weapons. I know from my own ex­pe­ri­ence that even with the best med­i­cal care avail­able, the re­cov­ery process can be long and dif­fi­cult – they re­ally un­der­stand that, which is why I’m proud to sup­port them.” Find A Bet­ter Way CEO Lou McGrath said: “It has been my plea­sure to have known Stu­art for sev­eral years, and I am de­lighted he has been in­volved in this project. His first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence makes him an ob­vi­ous spokesper­son for the is­sue of ex­plo­sive rem­nants of war, but his abil­ity to ex­plain the is­sue so clearly and pow­er­fully is what makes the film so special. I know I speak for Sir Bobby when I say we are very proud to count him as a friend of Find A Bet­ter Way.”

Chil­dren at a Sir Bobby Charl­ton Cen­tre in Am­man, Jor­dan

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