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Closed 15/04/2019

raised of £400 target by 17 supporters

    Weʼve raised £480 to remember John Purkis and support the Open University and the Merton Floats

    Funded on Monday, 15th April 2019

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    Our father John Purkis died on 8th December 2018 and we are raising funds in his memory. John studied at Merton College, Oxford where he appeared as Miss Prism in the Importance of Being Earnest with the Merton Floats (Merton student drama society), part of the money raised will go to support their ongoing work. John worked at the Open University from 1970 - 1995 teaching English and later in the Classics department. Part of your donation will go to support students, teaching and research at the Open University . If you would like to join us in supporting these causes in John's memory please donate here.



    • Kate Drewitt2 years ago
      Kate Drewitt

      Kate Drewitt

      2 years ago

      Just to let you all know that this page will be closing this week. Thank you all for your donations. I have sent on to OU and Merton Floats to support their work.

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    • Kate Drewitt2 years ago
      Kate Drewitt

      Kate Drewitt

      2 years ago

      I have sent part of the donations to the Open University today. Here is a message from their fundraising team: The Open University is hugely grateful for the generosity of those that have donated in memory of John Purkis. Your support will help to continue the widening access mission of the OU through contributing towards student bursaries for those most in need.

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    • Kate Drewitt2 years ago
      Kate Drewitt

      Kate Drewitt

      2 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who attended the funeral today. if you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the order of service, please email with your postal address to: As word is still reaching some friends and colleagues, I plan to continue with the collection for a few more weeks.

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    2 years ago

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    • roger moseley

      roger moseley

      Feb 6, 2019

      John was both clever and uncommon combination


    • Jeremy Read

      Jeremy Read

      Jan 25, 2019

      I admired and respected John ever since we first met at Christ's Hospital


    • Neil Taylor

      Neil Taylor

      Jan 12, 2019

      John and Sallie became close friends the moment we got to know each other on a Historical Association tour I organised to North Korea. A visit to John in Cambridge was always an inspiration.


    • Una McMahon-Beattie

      Una McMahon-Beattie

      Jan 7, 2019


    • Gwen Chambers

      Gwen Chambers

      Dec 30, 2018

    • Anonymous


      Dec 29, 2018


    • Rachel Thomas

      Rachel Thomas

      Dec 28, 2018


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