History

History
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, when £77,500 was raised. In 2008 £5,000 was used to support an ORBIS Fellow, Dr Kuldeep Srivastava, who trained for eight weeks at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

The MHMT 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.  LVPEI named 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. A total of over £400,000 has been transferred (updated December 2020).

See MHCECC Developments for details of all the projects we have supported there.

Having established Miriam's memorial, the MHCECC, the MHMT turned its attention to the bombings of 7th July, 2005.

We held a series of three seminars, the Miriam Hyman Memorial Discussions at University College, London (Miriam's own university). We realised we were preaching to the converted and, after consultation, concluded that we had to enter the field of education in order to be effective.

In partnership with Copthall School (Miriam's secondary school) we developed the conceptual framework, structure, and implementation of Miriam's Vision. An Advisory Group was set up between the MHMT, Copthall School and the UCL Institute of Education to develop Miriam's Vision as an electronic Education Resource that can be freely accessed online.

In 2015, the tenth anniversary of the bombings, the MHMT launched Miriam's legacy - Miriam's Vision: A Response to the 2005 London Bombings at the IoE, with a global press presence.

We aim to disseminate Miriam's Vision as widely as possible, inspiring learners to work towards a safer, more inclusive society.

In 2018 we completed a Treasury-funded evaluation of Miriam’s Vision and its impact on teachers and learners. Schools are embedding Miriam's Vision into their curriculum thanks to the high-quality, engaging, ready-to-use lesson plans, resources and guidance that we provide.

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

The MHMT worked with independent film company, KTF Films, documenting three positive responses to terrorist attacks. The feature-length documentary, Love Hate Love was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011 and had its television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Love Hate Love community screenings gave people the chance to bring it to their own community audiences.

In 2016, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth became our patron. He is a former minister of state for schools and former Chief Education Adviser, TES Global. He founded the organisation Suklaa Education.

 

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