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 including 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, Dame Tessa Jowell and June Kelly.
In addition to hosting the annual lecture, the BMA has supported the Trust in securing a public memorial in Tavistock Square Garden by submitting a letter of support as part of the planning application. The application was approved, and the memorial was officially unveiled on 12 September 2018 in front of an audience which included family members of those killed in the attack, emergency services staff, the Mayor of London, BMA chair and other dignitaries.
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