A Princess Diana memorial fund is to be set up for the new bereavement centre she was due to open on her visit to Hong Kong this month. Organisers of a $3 million charity dinner for hospice care came up with the idea after they were swamped by callers wanting to make donations in Diana's name. The princess was to have opened the Jessie and Thomas Tam Bereavement Counselling and Community Education Resource Centre in Shamshuipo on September 25. She was also to have been guest-of-honour at a fashion banquet that evening in aid of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, which runs the unit. Fund-raisers said the $6,000-to-$15,000-a-head gala evening would go ahead. There will be no new guest-of-honour. Instead the dinner will be dedicated to the memory of the princess. Guests will include the society's new patron, Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping, wife of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, entrepreneur David Tang Wing-cheung and tycoon Gulu Lalvani. The Hospice Society hopes Mr Tung will attend. Fund-raiser Mabel Au Yeung said: 'We've had quite a few calls from people wanting to make donations in memory of Princess Diana. 'I think it's absolutely wonderful we've had this response. It's not something we were expecting and it's heartwarming to see that. 'We were in tears when we heard. We're all devastated and in deep shock. We were looking forward to meeting her because she has been so supportive of the hospice care movement.' Event organiser Jacqueline Lane added: 'The dinner will go ahead. The charity should not suffer as a result of the tragedy. That's not what she would have wanted. 'But there certainly won't be a replacement guest-of-honour. You cannot replace Princess Diana. The dinner will be held in her memory.' Charles Brian-Boys of sponsors Alfred Dunhill said queries about donating money were 'coming in from all directions'. Proceeds from an auction of two bespoke gold watches, one decorated with diamonds and sapphires, will also go to the memorial fund. The princess had been due to present the art deco timepieces to the highest bidder during the gala evening. Diana was an active supporter of the hospice movement, which helps the dying end their days in peace and dignity. The bereavement centre in Lai Kok Estate is intended for people who have lost loved ones through cancer. The princess was also due to open the new CancerLink Support and Resource Centre in Wong Tai Sin on September 26. Chairman of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Sally Lo, said: 'Princess Diana had an amazing ability to make everyone feel special, as if they were the only person in the room. She will remain an inspiration to us all.' Ms Lo said she hoped the opening would still go ahead, but that a dinner in Diana's honour had been cancelled.