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Fund to carry on legacy of victim

A memorial fund has been set up for devoted and loving mother Linda Cox, who was struck by a driver in a stolen car outside the hospital where she worked for 20 years.

As Ms Cox's family and the entire health services community struggles to come to terms with the tragedy, there's a call for people to leave her with a legacy.

The ACT Health Directorate has set up the Linda Cox Memorial Fund, and is inviting anyone to donate money in the cardiac technician's memory.

The money will foremost be used to support Ms Cox's family.

But the family has indicated proceeds will also go to furthering her passion; education and training in the health services sector.


Ms Cox's husband Jamie yesterday described his wife as a selfless individual, dedicated to her sons Adam, 13, and Bradley, 15, with a passion for fostering skills in others.

''She was a devoted and loving mother, she put everyone before herself,'' he said.

The 38-year-old, whose funeral will be held today, was struck by a car when crossing the road outside her workplace, the Canberra Hospital, last Thursday afternoon.

A colleague, Ashlee Bumpus, was also seriously injured.

Police have alleged Justin Lee Monfries was behind the wheel of the stolen Toyota Camry at the time.

Monfries, 24, has yet to enter pleas and is locked up on remand over the incident.

Director-General Peggy Brown said the fund was in response to an outpouring of communal grief from within the hospital and the wider community.

''In the wake of Linda's death last week, we've had contact from a number of staff and members of the public really wanting to recognise the tragedy that's occurred,'' Dr Brown said.

''Recognise the significant contribution that Linda's made to health care delivery in the ACT and particularly the Canberra Hospital over two decades, and support the family. In response to that reaching out that people have done, we have decided that we should set up a fund to accept donations from people.''

Dr Brown said Ms Cox was a 20-year veteran of the Canberra Hospital and a leader in the workplace.

In 2010 she was part of a team which received an award for a breakthrough system which cut the time taken for heart attack survivors to receive lifesaving treatment.

''[Linda] had been involved in education and training, she attended conferences and meetings, and brought back and shared that knowledge,'' Dr Brown said.

''I personally did not know her, but she's described as being someone who was really well respected, by staff all over the hospital.''

A memorial service for Ms Cox is expected to be held at the Canberra Hospital in the near future.

Donations can be made via electronic funds transfer to the Service One Members Banking Linda Cox Memorial Fund by going to website and following the links.

They can also be made at any Service One Members Banking outlet - ANU, Belconnen, Brindabella Business Park, Civic, Deakin, Gungahlin, Queanbeyan, Canberra Hospital, Tuggeranong, University of Canberra and Woden.