RoyaleLife is thrilled to hear that Saints legend Franny Benali has received an MBE for services to cancer patients in the UK.
The prestigious accolade was awarded to Saints legend Franny after he embarked on seven gruelling Ironman-distance triathlons in seven days – raising £1m for Cancer Research in the process.
To help him reach the coveted £1m mark, RoyaleLife donated £10,000, which saw Franny swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run two full marathons over five days. Despite being forced to pull out with exhaustion on the fifth day, the Southampton born-and-bred star had already won the hearts and minds of a nation.
After the event, Franny visited RoyaleLife’s Wickham Court development where he chatted to the team and generously donated a signed shirt which now takes pride of place in reception.
Robert Bull, chief executive at RoyaleLife said: “This is a well-deserved award for an inspirational sportsman. His bravery and determination while taking part in the challenge was nothing short of inspirational and we jumped at the chance to support him. Cancer affects far too many people and his tireless fundraising for Cancer Research UK is to be applauded.”
The generous donation was 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.