Rugby match held in memory of 18-year-old Melbourn girl

A CHARITY rugby match pitted teams of girls against each other in memory of a Melbourn teen.

It was held to raise money for a scholarship in tribute to Thomasin Purbrook, known as Thommy, who died in St Petersburg after contracting meningococcal septicaemia on a trip to Russia in 2008.

The annual event at the 18-year-old’s former school, Oundle School, near Peterborough, aims to help raise �500,000 to allow pupils from all backgrounds attend the �9,500-a-term boarding school.

Thommy’s parents, Clive and Belinda from Melbourn, set up The Thommy Purbrook Scholarship in memory of their rugby captain daughter.

Clive, a former Melbourn parish councillor, said: “As ever, a wonderful day both on and off the pitch, and the amount of money raised for Thommy’s fund is fantastic.


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“The whole family is very touched that the match 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.

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

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To donate to the scholarship log on to http://society.oundleschool.org.uk/giving/index.php

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