Miriam Hyman was thirty-two years old when she lost her life in the 7/7 London bombings, together 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. The Miriam Hyman Memorial Fund (MHMF) was set up within the sight-saving charity, ORBIS UK, from 2005 to 2007. £77,500 was raised through a series of fundraising events with the help of friends, 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.
It was 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, 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 institute 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 MHMT continues to support the expansion of the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre (MHCECC) and projects are decided by the medical team with whom we exchange information regularly. Our donors and sponsors know exactly why money is being raised and how it is being used.
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