Francis Benali

Benali's Big Run

Fundraising for Cancer Research UK
raised of £1,000,000 target
by 7216 supporters
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Cancer Research UK

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RCN 1089464, SC041666, 1103 & 247
We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help us beat cancer


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I have been asked why I am doing this a lot by family, friends and potential sponsors and I have had a hard time answering it really.    Maybe I should explain first what I am doing. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to run around all 20 Premier League Clubs starting at Newcastle and finishing at my home ground Southampton FC.

 I have done a lot of charitable work for Cancer Research UK over a number of years but I have never raised a substantial amount of cash to really make a dent. Committing myself to such a large challenge which will test me to my limit, and probably beyond, both physically and mentally will hopefully inspire people to donate to the very worthy cause. 

As a family we have been touched by this terrible disease, with my mum having to have a full hysterectomy after cancer cells were discovers, my wife lost both of her grandfather’s to cancer as well as so many friends whose families have been affected. It felt natural to want to help and I wanted to do that personally. 

After years of keeping match fit and living a healthy lifestyle, a physical challenge seemed the best way of raising the large amount of money for Cancer Research UK that I wanted. I felt that it would also inspire and encourage others to live a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Also, this route hasn’t been done before so the sense of achievement at the end will be amazing! I would just really love all the support and encouragement anyone can give me so that I can complete this challenge and really make a contribution to raise the money needed to help beat Cancer."

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Cancer Research UK

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RCN 1089464, SC041666, 1103 & 247
We‘re the world‘s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving and improving lives through research. We fund research into the prevention, detection and treatment of more than 200 types of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

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