The BMA were first approached by the 7/7 Trust in early 2012 with a view to hosting an inaugural lecture at BMA House, the site at which the number 30 bus blast occurred and 13 people lost their lives. It was agreed that it was right for this event to take place in collaboration with BMA. The purpose of the lecture was to discuss the positive steps being made in the area of counter terrorism, and to raise funds to erect a memorial statue in Tavistock Square.
The events team worked with the trust to host a lecture which in its first year was attended by over 200 people representing government officials, the emergency services, survivors and families of those who lost loved ones. The event captured the attention of the press and was covered in local and national newspapers, LBC radio and ITV.
In the following years the event continued to take place in the week of the anniversary of 7/7. Guest speakers have included Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Lord Blair, Martine Wright and Dame Tessa Jowell.
Last years’ lecture took place as part of a series of events being held across London to mark the 10 year anniversary since the bombings. Dame Tessa Jowell led a moving tribute to all those who lost their lives and those involved on the day. The lecture continues to be a draw for many, with this year’s host being June Kelly, the BBC correspondent who covered events as they unfolded at the time.
The BMA hosts this event, making a small charge only to cover costs, thereby allowing more money to go to the charity and the required funding for the memorial has almost been secured. The BMA recently submitted a letter of support as part of the planning application for the memorial and the Trust hope to launch the memorial this autumn.
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