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Memorial fund set up for hoax call nurse


A memorial fund has been set up for the nurse who apparently took her own life after being duped by a hoax call which led to clinical details being revealed about the Duchess of Cambridge.

The King Edward VII’s Hospital has this week announced the launch of the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund.

Lord Glenarthur, chair of King Edward VII’s Hospital, said: “Jacintha Saldanha sadly died last week in tragic circumstances. She was an outstanding nurse whose loss has shocked and saddened everyone at the hospital.

“Following discussions with her family, we have now established the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund in her memory,” he said.

Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse added: “All our thoughts are with Jacintha’s family, her husband and children. We have offered them our deepest condolences and any support that we can provide.

“We know that many people around the world would like to do the same, and so we have established this fund in order that donations can be used to help the family at this tragic time.”

All donations will go to the family of Ms Saldanha.

Ms Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in an accommodation area attached to the hospital on 7 December three days after the hoax call by 2Day FM presenters.

She was on reception at the hospital and put the call through from the presenters to a nurse on the ward where the Duchess was being treated for acute morning sickness.

According to press reports, Ms Saldanha’s funeral will be held in her hometown of Shirva in India. Her coffin is understood to have arrived in the country yesterday accompanied by her immediate family.


Readers' comments (2)

  • tinkerbell

    It is good that the fund has been set up quickly before people forget.

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  • I sent a cheque to the hospital. This is such a sad story, there are many unanswered questions especially from the hospital.

    It's always sad when someone takes their own life, our hearts and prayers should go out to everyone who has been affected by suicide.

    Personally I find this story particularly sad because, as a nurse, I can imagine how she felt and what the likely outcome would have been had she not taken her life - her job and reputation would have been in tatters.

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