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Hoax radio station 2Day FM to donate £320,000 to Jacintha family fund

The Australian radio station whose DJ's made a prank call to an Indian nurse who later committed suicide has agreed to donate £320,000 to a fund set up for her family.

Sydney-based 2Day FM said it would give a portion of its advertising profits to the family of Jacintha Saldanha, who put through a call to a colleague who gave information about the Duchess of Cambridge at the King Edward VII hospital in London last week.

A post-mortem examination on the body of Mrs Saldanha - who is originally from Mangalore - will be carried out later on Tuesday.

The company which owns 2Day FM, Southern Cross Austereo, said all profits from advertising on 2Day FM for the rest of the year would be donated to an appropriate memorial fund that would directly benefit the family, with at least 500,000 Australian dollars (£320,000) being donated.

The company has also cancelled its Christmas party, saying it would be "inappropriate" to go ahead.

Mrs Saldanha's husband Benedict Barboza, along with their two teenage children, visited the King Edward VII Hospital Monday evening, accompanied by MP Keith Vaz.  

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr Vaz said: "They are extremely grateful to the public here in the United Kingdom and throughout the world who have sent them messages of condolences and support following the death of Jacintha.

"This is a close family. They are devastated by what has happened. They miss her every moment of every day, but they are really grateful to the support of the British public and to the public overseas for the messages of support and kindness."

Mr Vaz had earlier criticised the hospital for not giving the family more support.

He said: "The hospital has sent them a letter, which I have seen, but I'm surprised that nobody has made the journey to Bristol to sit with them and offer them the counselling that I think they need."

The hospital's chief executive, John Lofthouse, however, said he had offered to meet with Mr Barboza when convenient.

The hospital has also launched a memorial fund to support the nurse's family and a private memorial service will be held later this week.

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