Francis Benali Gets MBE In New Years Honours List
Friday, 27th Dec 2019 22:51
Francis Benali has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list for his services to charity, a fitting award for his untiring efforts.
Francis Benali has been made an MBE after raising a “phenomenal” £1 million for cancer victims.
Benali will receive the honour for services to cancer patients in the UK for enduring seven Ironman-distance triathlons over seven days in aid of charity Cancer Research.
The 50-year-old ex-Saint swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran a marathon every day for a week earlier this year.
It was the Saint's legend's third fundraising challenge for the charity. He also completed a sponsored cycle to every Premier League and Championship stadium in 2016, and in 2014 ran to all Premier League grounds.
A phenomenal achievement for a man who in the 1990's was considered one of the hardest men in the Premier League but in reality was the nicest most humble professional footballer you could ever meet.
The comment from the man himself was typically humble.
“I am truly humbled and immensely proud to receive this honour. Love and thanks to my wife, children, family, friends and team who have supported me in every way.”🏅"
So this recognition is a fitting tribute and i'm sure that all Saints fans will feel a sense of pride in perhaps one of the greatest sons of Southampton City has not only achieved this monumental task, something that he had no need to do other than in giving back something to those in life less fortunate than himself, but he is now Francis Benali MBE.
Congratulations Francis Benali, not only one of the nicest footballers I have ever met but also one of the nicest persons I have ever had the privilege to meet.
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