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Obituaries: Sue Lloyd-Roberts and Derek Bailey PDF Print E-mail
[17 November 2015] Sadly, the Tibet movement in the UK has lost two of its key supporters. BBC journalist and former Tibet Society council member Sue Lloyd-Roberts died on 13 October. Derek Bailey, founder of the Reigate and Redhill Tibet Support Group passed away on 8 September. Tibet Society sends it condolences to the families and friends.

Sue Lloyd-Roberts
Sue Lloyd RobertsThe well-known journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts died on 13 October 2015.

As well as being dedicated to exposing despots and regimes through her work, Sue was a passionate advocate for Tibet. She was both a defender of human rights for Tibetans and a humanitarian who wanted to provide practical aid to help Tibetan refugees rebuild their futures. She served on Tibet Society's council from 1997-2005 and was a long-term trustee of Tibet Relief Fund after it became a charity in its own right.

Sue Lloyd-Roberts meeting the Dalai Lama 2008Philippa Carrick, CEO for Tibet Relief Fund, said, "Sue was a fearless and indomitable spirit, who felt very strongly about the Tibet situation. I remember when she was diagnosed with cancer she said "not to worry, I'll be at the next Trustees' meeting.""

Riki Hyde-Chambers, Chair of Tibet Society, paid tribute saying, I had enormous respect for Sue both as a human rights journalist and as a really good friend of Tibet. She was very courageous, not just over these last few months when battling her cancer, but over her life where she so often took risks to expose human rights violations, not least when she went to Tibet to make a report. Our thoughts are very much with her husband Nick and her children. It is a great loss.

Sue Lloyd Roberts in Tibet 1998Sue reported on Tibet on a number of occasions. Her last major Tibet documentary was The Human Torches of Tibet in 2012, when she reported on the self-immolations and protests in Tibet and their impact on the Tibetan exiled community for the BBCs "Our World" series.

A public celebration of the life of Sue Lloyd-Roberts takes place at 11am on 1 December at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London W1B 3DA.

Guardian | Telegraph
BBC: Sue Lloyd-Roberts: How did she do it?
Watch: BBC documentary: The Human Torches of Tibet (22 mins)

Derek Bailey
Derek BaileyDerek Bailey, a keen promoter of freedom for Tibet, passed away on 8 September 2015.

Derek founded the Reigate
and Redhill Tibet Support Group in 1998. For the following 17 years, Derek ensured the local group met regularly, inviting guest speakers and screening films, holding fundraising events, including the annual Trek for Tibet around a local park, and organising information stalls in the town centre. Derek was also a regular at Tibet protests in London and proudly displayed his Tibet flag and scarf whenever the opportunity arose.

A memorial service was held for Derek in October, which Campaigns Coordinator Paul Golding attended on behalf of Tibet Society. Paul also spoke at a Reigate
and Redhill Tibet Support Group meeting held on the same day in Dereks honour. Paul said, "Derek was incredibly dedicated to the Tibet issue. The longevity of the Reigate group is testament to Derek's commitment to the cause. Tibet Society and all those in the Tibet movement are very grateful for the work Derek did."

Derek BaileyDerek was a much-loved figure in the Reigate area and volunteered for a number of charities and causes. A few years ago he won an award for his charity work. When interviewed by the local press, a recording of which was played at his memorial service, he spoke humbly but passionately about his charity work and even managed to steer the interview to a discussion about Tibet and the human rights issues facing the Tibetan people!

As Derek was in the teaching profession, his family has asked for donations in memory of Derek to be made to The Truan Trust, a charity dedicated to assisting children and young people to obtain an education.

Obituary: Surrey Mirror

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