What's the appeal all about?
We want to commemorate the life of our dearly-loved son and brother, Toby Rundle, by raising enough money to buy an RNLI lifeboat. Toby, who was educated at Millfield, was just 21 when he died in October 2009 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he was studying Classics and English. He was a gifted student and his death came as an enormous shock, not merely to his family but to his hundreds of friends in the UK and around the world.
Toby was a great supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution - his father spent 20 years as a volunteer crew member - and we feel the best way to remember him is by offering some practical help to the charity that saves lives at sea.
How much do you need to raise?
The target for our appeal is £160,000, enough to buy an Atlantic 85 lifeboat. We know that's a very large sum of money but time is on our side: it is likely to be two or even three years before a boat is ready to be commissioned and allocated to a station.
Have you any specific fund-raising projects in mind?
Toby's friends are planning a number of sponsored events and we aim to make use of every opportunity we can to add to the appeal fund. Should anyone wish to organise events of their own the RNLI can offer support in the form of sponsor forms and advertising material.
A lot of people have already made donations and we realise others may wish to. You can either pay via the link on this site or cheques can be sent direct to the RNLI at Poole in Dorset - made out simply to 'RNLI' but with a note requesting the money be paid into Toby's fund which is held there. Or the cheques - with the same payee - can be sent to the appeal at 18 Priest Street, Williton, Somerset TA4 4NJ.
Thank you for your support: it is greatly appreciated.
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was introduced into the RNLI fleet in 2005. There are currently 28 in service around the coast of the British Isles. The boat is a rigid inflatable equipped for day and night work. It carries a crew of four, is powered by two 115 hp motors and has a maximum speed of 35 knots and an endurance of two and a half hours. There is room for 20 survivors. It's equipped with a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids including VHF radio, VHF DF, electronic chart, DGPS and radar, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and illuminating paraflares for night-time operation
The Toby Rundle Lifeboat Appeal,
18 Priest Street, Williton TA4 4NJ
Tel: 01984 639026