Annual rugby match in memory of Oundle School pupil

The annual rugby match helped raise nearly �1,450 in memory of Thommy Purbrook
The annual rugby match helped raise nearly �1,450 in memory of Thommy Purbrook

Sixth formers at Oundle School teamed up for its annual rugby match to raise nearly £1,450 in memory of former student Thommy Purbrook.

This year’s match was held on Sunday, March 1, and was the seventh edition of the annual event, which helps to raise money for The Thommy Purbrook General Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Girls from Wyatt, New House and Dryden won by 34-5, proudly receiving the Thommy Purbrook plate from Thommy’s parents.

Her father, Clive Purbrook, said: “A wonderful day both on and off the pitch, the amount raised for Thommy’s fund is fantastic. Belinda, Barney and myself are all very touched that the match played by the girls in Thommy’s memory has become so firmly entrenched in the school’s calendar, and is approached by the girls and everybody else who plays a part with such a fantastic spirit.”

Thommy’s life was cut short when she died from meningitis while on a school trip to St Petersburg, Russia, in December 2008.

A scholarship fund was set up by Thommy’s parents, with the intention of the money being awarded to a child who would take full advantage of the academic and extra curricular opportunities that the school can offer.

Thommy’s time at Oundle was marked by her enthusiasm, energy and determination and one of her many talents was rugby, as she was captain of the girls’ rugby team.