Find A Better Way expect an exciting 2017

Find A Better Way are expecting 2017 to be a very exciting year in our work to realise Sir Bobby Charlton’s dream of a landmine-free world. So far, the first week is living up to expectations!

The Find A Better Way office in Knutsford opened following a holiday break on Tuesday with two important developments.

In its Twelve Days of Innovation series, The Guardian featured the recently announced regenerative medicine project Find A Better Way is funding at the University of Glasgow. The piece is part of the Guardian’s global development coverage, which is underwritten in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is a fantastic article, and worth reading if you have not seen it yet (click here to view).

The Guardian appearance was in addition to the extensive coverage the announcement received in December, which included interviews from project lead Professor Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, the BBC World Service, and BBC Radio Scotland. So far the Guardian piece alone has been shared on Facebook alone 1,222 times (and rising) and combined with previous coverage the story will have reached millions of people world-wide.

Tuesday was also the day the Find A Better Way office team gained a new Finance & Admin Assistant, Amber Hill (second from right in above photo). Amber has been working in similar roles in a local accountancy firm and at Nationwide, but was keen to join Find A Better Way when she heard about an open position.  Amber got a huge thrill when she met Sir Bobby for the first time yesterday during one of his regular visits to the Find A Better Way office – an experience she will get to repeat many times.

After an eventful first day, 2017 looks set to continue to be a very important year for Find A Better Way. Here’s a guide to what you can expect:

The newly announced Centre for International Research for the Clearance of Landmines and Explosive (CIRCLE) to be based at the University of Manchester is expected to open in the next six months.

Find A Better Way-funded detection teams will be returning to Croatia this Spring for parallel testing at the Bencovac testing facility (possibly even more teams than the three teams that attended last year).

Mine risk education for children is underway in Columbia and will be starting soon in Sri Lanka.

Several Find A Better Way-funded projects will have important milestones to report on in coming months.

And there are several other exciting announcements in the pipeline we hope to make public soon!

With multiple Find A Better Way projects in improved landmine detection, mine-risk education, and humanitarian medical research for landmine survivors underway, the office team at full strength, and Find A Better Way’s increasing public profile, 2017 could be a year of breakthroughs in our work.

On behalf of Sir Bobby and the entire Find A Better Way team we wish all of our supporters a fantastic new year, and look forward to working with you in what we hope will be a hugely important year.