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Miriam Hyman was thirty-two when she was killed in the "7/7" London bombings of 7th July 2005, along with fifty-one other people. She was travelling to work on the bus that exploded in Tavistock Square.

Family and friends tried to respond constructively to those events. Because Miriam valued her own eye care services, the Miriam Hyman Memorial Fund was set up within the sight-saving charity, ORBIS UK, from 2005 to 2007. £77,500 was raised through a series of fundraising events, and in 2006 £5,000 was used to support an ORBIS Fellow, Dr Kuldeep Srivastava, who received eight weeks' training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

We decided that funds raised, together with compensation money for the loss of Miriam's life, would be more effectively used by partnering directly with eye care service providers. At the same time, the L V Prasad Eye Institute (lvpei.org), established in Hyderabad in 1987 and a WHO collaborator, was looking for a sponsor to equip the children's centre within their two-year-old eye hospital in Bhubaneswar, capital of the Indian State of Odisha. The Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust (MHMT) became a UK registered charity (No.1124032) in May 2008, and donated £112,500 to the Children's Eye Care Centre, which was inaugurated on 3rd July that year. We were moved and appreciative when LVPEI suggested naming the Centre after Miriam. The Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre is Miriam's lasting, living memorial.

Dr Taraprasad Das, Director of the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, says: "Every time a child is treated at the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre her memory is invoked and her spirit lives on through those children whose sight is restored in her name."

The MHMT continues to support the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre (MHCECC) and its Outreach programmes. Over £400,000 has been transferred over the last ten years (updated December 2020).

The MHMT worked with independent film company, KTF Films (www.ktffilms.com), who documented three positive responses to the terrorist attacks in New York, London and Bali. Miriam's sister, Esther Hyman, filmed with them at the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre in March 2009, and they recorded more footage in London in November. The feature-length documentary entitled "Love Hate Love" was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011 and had its US television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network as part of their "Super Soul Sunday" programming in March 2012. In July 2012 the MHMT launched the Love Hate Love UK community screening campaign, giving people the chance to bring it to their own community audiences.

In 2015, the tenth anniversary of the bombings, the MHMT presented Miriam's legacy - Miriam's Vision: A Response to the 2005 London Bombings.

The MHMT's fundraising efforts support the MHCECC's Outreach work and Miriam's Vision.

Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser, TES Global became our patron in 2016.

 

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7/7 commemorative sundial in the grounds of the British Medical Association, Tavistock Square. The number 30 bus exploded outside their building.Courtesy BMA News