Lady Youde steers fund into 1997 and beyond

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 February, 1996, 12:00am


TEN years after the death of her husband, Lady Pamela Youde is determined to see children benefit from his namesake scholarship well beyond 1997.

In the territory to attend meetings of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund, the widow of the former governor said she was helping to shape the fund beyond the transition.

'Our fund will keep going; it is needed by the Hong Kong people. We're making plans for it to extend well beyond 1997,' she said.

Lady Youde, in the territory for a month, serves as a member of the fund's council and is on the board of trustees.

This year, the fund will award $11 million in prizes, scholarships and fellowships for studies in the territory and abroad.

Lady Youde is also promoting her latest book, a collection of stories for children, My Favourite Chinese Stories.

The tales introduce Chinese children born or raised abroad to traditional Chinese heroes, she said.

Lady Youde will also spend time with Governor Chris Patten and Lavender Patten, and will return to one of her favourite haunts - the Chinese opera.

Last May, she received an honorary Doctorate in Social Science from the City University of Hong Kong in recognition of her promotion of education and Chinese culture.

Sir Edward Youde died in Beijing in December, 1986, aged 62, after suffering a heart attack.

He was appointed Governor in 1982 and worked vigorously for the Sino-British negotiations on the autonomy of Hong Kong after 1997.