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Woman of the year

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-10-16

Esther Hyman

Esther Hyman

The sister of one of the victims of the July 7 bombings in London has been named a Women of the Year.

Esther Hyman has been recognised for her tireless work in keeping the memory of Miriam Hyman alive through the Miriam Hyman Memorial Fund which has raised funds to support charity Orbis UK which aims to prevent blindness in developing counties.

Miriam was killed while she was travelling on the number 30 bus which exploded in central London.

Since the fund was launched, over £50,000 has been raised through a series of projects and events.

"In no way can I take sole credit for the fund-raising success of Miriam's family and friends who have joined forces from the start and have raised £50,000 for the MHMF so far," Esther said of her recognition.

Earlier in the summer Esther found herself without a fulltime job and has decided along with partner AD White to travel the world for six months which will also raise awareness and sponsorship for the Memorial Fund.

"Losing my sister in the London Bombings on 7th July 2005 changed my view of life, the universe and everything in many ways. When I found myself without a permanent job I decided to grab the opportunity to travel around the world, something I have always wanted to do," Esther said on her Travel blog.

"We will leave the UK at the end of October and will spend time in South Africa, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and California.  We plan to undertake challenges in different locations in the name of the Fund, for example we will do the PADI Open Water Diver's Certificate in Thailand. We hope that people will sponsor us."

Related link:

Miriam Hyman Memorial Fund