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£480raised of £400 target by 17 supporters

Weʼre raising £400 to remember John Purkis and support the Open University and the Merton Floats

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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.

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  • Kate Drewitt15 days ago
    Kate Drewitt

    Kate Drewitt

    15 days 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 Drewitt3 months ago
    Kate Drewitt

    Kate Drewitt

    3 months 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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  • Kate Drewitt3 months ago
    Kate Drewitt

    Kate Drewitt

    3 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who has donated in John’s memory. His funeral will be tomorrow 28th December at 10am at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge.

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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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