A hero husband survived the horrors of the Nepal earthquake - then promptly gave away his underpants to help the victims.
Charity fundraising trekker Tony McMurray was halfway up Mount Everest when the disaster struck.
“He saw some terrible sights. I think it struck him then just how lucky he was to be alive.”Sharon McMurray
His wife Sharon saw the newsflash on TV then waited 30 agonising hours to discover whether her husband was alive.
It was reported that 17 people has died on the mountain and dozens more were injured.
A text from Tony finally reached her on Sunday afternoon, saying he had survived by sheltering under a mountain ridge.
“I can’t put into words the relief I felt,” said the 43-year-old this week.
In a series of emotional texts and emails, Tony, 46, has since described the earthquake aftershocks as he made his way down the mountain – and the devastation that greeted him when he reached Kathmandu.
“He saw some terrible sights. I think it struck him then just how lucky he was to be alive,” said Sharon, who runs Towcester tearooms.
“In true Tony fashion, he wanted to help, and gave away all he has with him to people who had lost evervthing. he gave them his clothes, his boots, medicine and even his underpants.”
Big-hearted Tony, who is a finance director for Ingram Micro in CMK, has raised more than £60,000 over the past 10 years with various exploits, including running the New York marathon and climbing Mountkilimanjaro.
All has gone to the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his mother Josephine, who lived in Bletchley.
Said Sharon; “I don’t think even an earthquake will stop Tony fundraising again. He has already texted to say he wants to raise money to help the victims in Nepal, so I have a feeling he’ll be climbing even more mountains.”
A former Leon school long jump champ who competed as a boy against Greg Rutherford, Tony is due to fly home tomorrow in time to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary.
Donate to Tony’s appeal through www.justgiving.com/tonyeverest2015