Girls scrum down for charity match

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A rugby match has raised money for a scholarship fund launched in memory of a county school student who died from meningitis.

The Thommy Purbrook General Scholarship Endowment Fund, named after the 18-year-old Oundle School pupil, who tragically died on a school trip to St Petersburg in 2008, has already passed the £350,000 mark.

The scholarship was established by Thommy’s parents, Clive and Belinda, to support children attending Oundle School.

The first recipient of the scholarship now attends the school and organisers hope the match will have raised at least another £500 for the fund.

Mr Purbrook said: “As ever, a wonderful day both on and off the pitch, and the amount of money raised for Thommy’s fund is fantastic.

“We are all very touched that the match played by the girls in Thommy’s memory has become so firmly entrenched in the schools’ calendar, and is approached by the girls and everybody else who plays a part with such a fantastic spirit.

“The quality of the rugby on display was also a testament to the girls’ talents.”

The first student benefiting from the fund has even been placed in Thommy’s house, Sanderson.

A crowd of more than 500 watched the intra-school game, with the teams competing for the Thommy Purbrook Shield drawing 5-5.

Girls who were not involved in the match walked around the pitch collecting funds for the charity from spectators.