FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Stuart Hughes

Stuart Hughes is a BBC world affairs television producer who had his right foot blown off by an anti-personnel landmine in northern Iraq in April. He is now a patron of the Mines Advisory Group

Why did you become involved with MAG? The blast in northern Iraq blew away much of my right foot which, along with my lower leg, had to be amputated.

It also killed my cameraman, the Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist Kaveh Golestan.

Why did you choose MAG above other landmine charities? Following my accident I contacted some charities to find out about the type of mine that injured me. I was particularly impressed by MAG's response and learned that it was the only humanitarian mine clearance organisation working in northern Iraq. For this reason I offered to help and was asked to become a patron.

What do you bring to the charity? So far I have publicised the charity's work by speaking on TV, radio and in the press whenever required. I keep in touch with MAG fortnightly with ideas and we are talking about a number of projects intended for later in the year, once my recovery progresses sufficiently. These include a media facility to a MAG programme in Cambodia.

All too often landmines can seem like a distant problem to people in the UK, so I'm glad to be a 'public face' for the millions of mine victims around the world.

Do you support other charities? After my accident I was approached by a number of charities. I've only lent my name to one other: the Rory Peck Trust, which works to improve the safety of freelance media workers in hostile areas.

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