Saints legend Franny Benali has presented a signed shirt to RoyaleLife, Britain’s leader in bungalow living, to thank the company for its £10,000 donation for his latest sporting challenge.
Franny popped into the company’s Wickham headquarters in Hampshire where he met the RoyaleLife team - the shirt will take pride of place in reception.
Southampton born and bred Franny won the hearts and minds of a nation in May when he was forced to retire from completing seven Ironman-distance triathlons in seven days as part of his ongoing mission to raise £1m for Cancer Research UK. In the event an exhausted Franny completed five Ironmans where, he swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran a marathon on each of the days.
Robert Bull, chief executive at RoyaleLife said: “Franny is well-known for pushing his body to the limits for charity, but this latest challenge was without doubt the toughest yet. We were astounded when we heard what he was doing and were delighted to support him. Sadly, cancer affects far too many people and Franny’s tireless fundraising for Cancer Research UK is to be applauded.”
He went on to say: “I know the team here at headquarters were delighted to meet Franny and the signed shirt is a great gesture and will take pride of place in our reception.”
Franny said: “I wanted to see the guys at RoyaleLife personally to thank them for their generosity. Donations like this make all the difference and helped me to break through the £1m barrier.”
The generous donation is part of RoyaleLife’s ongoing mission to support worthy causes and charities in the areas in which it operates. Other recent charities to benefit from their support include Help for Heroes and local mental health charities.