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Remembering 7/7

Sixteen years ago today, fifty-two men and women lost their lives in London in the most tragic and shocking of circumstances when four bombs were detonated on the tube and a bus in the morning rush hour. People from across the UK and from many other countries were caught up in those events.


Hundreds of others caught up in that day were injured and profoundly affected by what happened. While the lives of their family members, friends and colleagues were also changed forever in an instant.


As news of what happened on 7 July 2005 began to emerge, people across the UK and the world responded with the most incredible outpouring of generosity. United in shock and grief, the public wanted to do something and made donations to support those affected. It was a way they could express their sympathy and try to help to make a difference from a distance.


As Chair of the London Bombings Charitable Relief Fund, that was set up to harness that generosity, with fellow Trustees and staff of the Fund and our partners at the British Red Cross, I felt incredibly privileged to be able to be part of the response first-hand, and even more so to see what it meant to those affected in the months and years that followed.


Today we will see that same unity and desire to give once again. Not donations now, but time. Across the UK, we will come together to remember the 52 people who tragically lost their lives, and those who still live with the after-effects today, seen and unseen. The annual remembrance at the Hyde Park Memorial is witness to that.


Please observe a minutes’ silence at 8.50 in memory of those killed at Aldgate, Edgware Road, Kings Cross and Russell Square on 7th July 2005


By Gerald Oppenheim, Deputy Chair of the National Emergencies Trust and Chair of London Emergencies Trust (successor charity to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund) and Thelma Stober, Trustee of the National Emergencies Trust and London Emergencies Trust.