Everest next for fundraising fanatics

From left: Sharon McMurray, Danni Hindle and Tony McMurray
From left: Sharon McMurray, Danni Hindle and Tony McMurray
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A couple who have raised more than £70,000 for sufferers of Alzheimer’s are ready to make next year their biggest yet with a Mount Everest climb.

Sharon and Tony McMurray run Towcester Tea Rooms in High Street and since 2006 when Tony’s mum was diagnosed with the condition, they have supported The Alzheimer’s Society with a series of events and adventures.

But in April, after a two-year break from sponsored feats, Tony, 46, will take on his toughest challenge yet as he treks for 19 days to Everest base camp.

He said: “As I start my six months of training, the body is telling me: ‘Not again’.

“But I live by the words of Walt Disney of ‘If you can dream about it, you can do it’ so I have just dusted off the gym gear and my walking boots.”

Tony will warm up for the climb with a 180-mile trek of the Thames Path across nine days.

He kayaked the River Thames to the Alzheimer’s Society’s headquarters at Tower Bridge in 2006 and will call in when he passes by during his trek.

Tony’s challenges have also included a cycle between Paris and London sandwiched between marathons in both cities, conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, running the New York Marathon and cycling from Lands’ End to John O’ Groats.

Together with his wife Sharon, 43, they have been able to host events including A Weekend With The Stars which was held at The Bell hotel, Winslow, in May.

Elvis Presley, Freddy Mercury, Amy Winehouse and Shirley Bassey tribute acts all performed and The King’s Banquet at the same venue on June 6 next year will include a Michael Jackson act.

Their efforts throughout 2014 were celebrated this week as the couple handed over £2,540 to the society’s community fundraiser for the East Midlands, Danni Hindle.

She said: “Sharon and Tony continue to be great ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Society in this local area.

“Their self-sufficient attitude and approach to fundraising is a great example of what can be achieved and we thank them again for this year’s efforts.”