Find A Better Way announces humanitarian challenge

Trustees from landmine research charity, Find A Better Way, are meeting with experts at Imperial College’s centre for Blast Injury Studies (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/blastinjurystudies) to broaden the charity’s mission from Research and Education into supplying direct humanitarian support for those affected by landmines.

Find A Better Way, founded by Sir Bobby Charlton, is already sponsoring unique research aimed at finding a technical solution to find and safely remove landmines and funding education to help raise awareness of the dangers of landmines to those who live in affected regions.

Now the charity is also investigating how to aid people in war torn areas who have already fallen victim to landmine accidents.

Find A Better Way’s Chairman, John Edees, will visit Imperial College, London, together with fellow trustees, on Thursday (7 February, 2013) to explore how the challenge to ‘find a better way’ set by Sir Bobby, can be extended to help those already injured by these weapons.  

“While our primary purpose is to promote the safe destruction of landmines, we have also raised funds for humanitarian aims,” explained John Edees of Find A Better Way,” explained John. 

“We recognise that a technological solution will come too late for the many victims who have lost limbs.

  “Imperial College is at the cutting edge of research into blast injuries and we will be exploring how we can work in partnership with them.” 

Imperial College incorporates the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies. 

Find A Better Way recently invited UK university led research bodies to bid for a share of a £1m fund to promote work on innovative technology led projects to detect and clear landmines. 

The charity, based in Knutsford, Cheshire, also unveiled details of work with engineers at Furness College, Cumbria to create an acoustic probe with the potential to cut the time taken in landmine detection by half. 

Sir Bobby Charlton set up Find A Better Way after witnessing the untold misery caused by unexploded landmines during visit to Cambodia and the Balkans. 

Funding for the Find A Better Way projects has been raised by fostering links with the global risk industry 

The United Nations estimates that there are more than 110 million landmines in 70 countries and that it would currently take more than 1,100 years and cost more than 33 billion US Dollars to clear them. 

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For further information contact Nigel Howle on 07762043436, email nigelhowle@o2.co.uk 

Notes to Editors:

Find A Better Way is working with research scientists to develop technology to accelerate the detection and safe removal of the estimated 110 million landmines in place around the world. 

Find A Better Way is based at Booths Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire. 

For more information on Find A Better Way, please visit their website at www.findabetterway.org.uk