Landmine clearance charity sets up home in Salisbury

Landmine clearance charity sets up home in Salisbury

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:21pm 22nd May 2019.

The Halo Trust, made famous for their work with Princess Diana in the 1990s, has been out in the city raising awareness.

The charity's been in existence for 30 years and does what they describe as 'humanitarian demining'.

They work in more than 25 countries, mostly former war zones, making areas safe for local people to return to their homes and farmland.

Halo Trust Zimbabwe
Children walk through a minefield to school in Zimbabwe (picture from the Halo Trust)

The charity became well known when Diana, Princess of Wales, walked through a minefield in Angola wearing the Halo Trust's protective kit - leading to a worldwide ban on anti-personnel mines.

HALO TRUST IN SALISBURY:

For the last year or so, the charity's had a base in Stratford-sub-Castle near Salisbury and they're now looking to raise their profile locally.

A team from the Halo Trust has been out in the city's High Street today (Wednesday May 22nd) highlighting their work.

Halo Trust Salisbury High Street May 2019
The landmine clearance demonstration set up in Salisbury High Street

They've also set up a landmine clearance demonstration, giving us a chance to have a go.

Paul McCann, from the Halo Trust tells us what they've been using:

He's also been explaining a little more about what their work involves and why they ended up in Salisbury:

FUNDRAISING WALK THIS WEEKEND:

The Halo Trust is also hoping to raise their profile locally by organising a charity walk across Salisbury Plain this Saturday (May 25th).

700 people are signed up to take on the 34 kilometre trek, with celebrity supporters, TV presenter JJ Chalmers and Love Island star Camilla Thurlow joining in too.

JJ Chalmers, who's competed in the Invictus Games and presented coverage of the Paralympics, said:

"After suffering life-changing injuries from an IED blast while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan, I want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those who have lost limbs, livelihoods and loved ones through indiscriminate weapons such as landmines and other explosive devices. It will be an honour to walk alongside fellow Invictus competitors for HALO on Salisbury Plain this May."

Camilla's taking part having worked for the Halo Trust for a few years before her time in the Love Island villa.

You can still sign up for the Halo Safe Steps Walk - visit their website to find out more.

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