Southern Cross Austerero, Radio Station behind prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital, to donate rest of the year's profits to family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha

1:38 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
Jacintha Saldanha was the nurse at Kate Middleton's hospital who took her life after prank call by Australian radio station. (Associated Press photo)
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(USA Today) -  The Australian radio station behind the prank call to Kate Middleton's hospital room says it will donate the rest of the year's ad profits to a fund for nurse Jacintha Saldanha's family.

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) made the announcement in a press statement, saying that advertising will resume on 2DayFM on Thursday and all profits until the end of the year will be donated to a fund for the family of nurse who took her life after putting through the prank call regarding the Duchess of Cambridge's hospitalization.

A minimum contribution of $500,000 (Australian dollars, about $524,000 U.S.) will be made, reports CNN. Chief executive Rhys Holleran said: "We are very sorry for what has happened. It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time."

Hospital chairman Lord Glenarthur said Monday that the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund has been established in her memory. Donations may be sent to: Finance, King Edward VII's Hospital, 10 Beaumont St., London W1G 6AA, U.K.

Meanwhile, also on Monday, Ben Barboza, husband of the late nurse, visited the Houses of Parliament in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, for a meeting with a British Member of Parliament about his wife's death. He expressed grief in a post on Facebook, reports, saying: "I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances, She will be laid to rest in Shirva, India."

By Ann Oldenburg, USA Today


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