Thommy Purbrook's career at Oundle was tragically cut short in December 2008 when she died of a meningococcal infection contracted while on a School trip to St Petersburg. Her time at Oundle was marked by her enthusiasm, energy and determination. Thommy made a considerable contribution to the life of the School. She had the ability to inspire and encourage people, showed great concern for her friends and fellow pupils, and took full advantage of the many opportunities that Oundle offers. Thommy's parents, therefore, established a charitable fund in order to finance a Thommy Purbrook General Scholarship at Oundle, as a fitting memorial to Thommy.

The scholarship is awarded to a child who, like Thommy, is the sort of pupil who will take full advantage of the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that Oundle has to offer. It makes an Oundle education accessible to someone from a family that might not otherwise be able to afford the fees. The scholarship award is further supported by associated bursary funding as and when necessary.

Thanks to the generosity of the Oundle community, the endowment fund now stands at nearly £500,000. Many are still keen to contribute to the fund to support the potential help that the scholarship fund can deliver. Every year in the Easter Quarter, a girls charity rugby match is held in her name. Through donations big or small we are able to fulfil Thommy’s own promise by giving another child the opportunities that Thommy seized with such joy.

If you would like to contribute, the simplest way is to complete and return the donation form for a single donation by cheque. For a regular donation, complete the standing order section. Gift Aid can be claimed for both methods of giving.

Thommy Purbrook Donation Form | PDF