Manchester United along with Sir Bobby Charlton's charity have today launched a film to raise awareness of the devastating effects of landmines across the world.
The short film is from Find A Better Way, a landmine charity founded by the Manchester United legend.
In the short film Stuart Hughes, Senior World Affairs Producer, talks about how in 2003, whilst on assignment in northern Iraq with BBC News, 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 over 110 million active landmines globally and 9 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.
The 1966 World Cup legend founded Find A Better Way in 2011, after he visited a minefield in Cambodia, here he saw first-hand the humanitarian damage which landmines continue to cause in war torn areas.
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 physiotherapy facilities and experienced practitioners, along with an art-therapy programme designed especially for children coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Commenting on his support for the charity, Stuart Hughes said:
Find A Better Way CEO Lou McGrath commented: