The family a lifeguard who died in a cycling accident last year, have raised more than £6,000 for the RNLI in his memory. Tom Pugsley was part of the Westward Ho! and Sandymere lifeguard team in 2013 before moving to Hereford. He was killed in a cycling accident on Good Friday last year. During his time in North Devon he won the Rookie Lifeguard of the Year award for his excellent performance and enthusiasm for keeping people safe at sea. After his death his brother James decided he wanted to support the RNLI in Toms memory and threw himself into organising a variety of fundraising events. James competed in the London Marathon this year and raised £2,573 in Toms memory. Plus a silent auction and meal organised by Sue and Richard Rowland near Tiverton raised more than £2,000, a coffee morning put together by James aunt Catherine Smale and close family friend Gillian Bellew raised a further £966. James work colleagues arranged a fundraising event at Morrisons raising £920. RNLI lifeguards at Westward Ho! held a memorial event this year, where people competed in a board relay, board rescue race and individual board race, raising more than £350. They also take part in a lifeguard challenge each year, and begin with a moment of silence in memory of Tom. In total, £6,845 has been raised and the family recently presented a cheque for the remaining amount of £4,325.64, to be divided between the lifeguards, Appledore and Clovelly lifeboat stations. A big thank youJames said: My family and I would like to thank everyone who has supported my fundraising efforts and particularly for their generous contributions that has enabled a lasting legacy in Toms name. A special mention should be given to the Bideford Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, who have been very supportive and helped run Lifeguard Challenge events this year and last year in memory of Tom. The family are also extremely grateful to the RNLI for their continued support. Tom was extremely proud to have been part of such a valuable organisation. Vaughan Lawson, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the Westward Ho! area, added: Tom was an enthusiastic and valued member of the lifeguard team so it was very upsetting for everybody when we learnt of his death last year.