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MC Rental Lends Helping Wheels to Sportsman’s 1000 mile Charity Run

By Hannah Powell | August 15th, 2014 | Categories: Sponsors

A well known vehicle rental company is getting behind one of the biggest charity events of the moment this month by supporting Benali’s Big Run.

MC Rental is providing the back-up vehicles for Francis Benali and his team from its site at Southampton.

Francis Benali, the former Southampton FC defender, has set his sights on running nearly 1000 miles in three weeks to raise £1 million for Cancer Research.

Franny, 45, is running to all 20 Premier League stadiums averaging between 40 and 50 miles a day. He begins his challenge on Sunday 24th August at St James Park, home to Newcastle United and finishes on 13th September at St Mary’s, home to Southampton FC, the club where he spent over 20 years.

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Dean Tizard, MC Rental sales executive said: “When we heard about Benali’s Big Run we were only too happy to help. To be able to support this inspiring challenge on a practical level is a great privilege.”

With its wide range of vehicles, from cars and vans to articulated trucks, and a large site in Southampton, MC Rental sees this as a positive way to help. The company is also raising funds for Cancer Research UK with its own Stand up to Cancer event on the 19th of September.

Dave Hutchins, MC Group Sales Director says the company is backing Franny all the way: “Providing the vehicles Franny and his team need to help them is the best way we can offer our assistance to an amazing cause. Supporting this event is a privilege, particularly as it has personal links to us as at MC as we are also raising money for Cancer Research UK. We are only too happy to help and support Franny in this outstanding feat to raise money and awareness for a truly worthy cause that is so close to so many of our hearts.”

Tizard adds on a personal level that being from Southampton has added to his excitement about the event.

“As a Southampton local and lifelong Saints fan I’ve followed Franny’s career from the start and to undertake this run for charity is nothing short of amazing! I’m personally honoured to be able to help in some way, Good luck Franny, everyone at MC is cheering for you all the way!”

Franny said: ““It is fantastic to have the support of a local company on this epic challenge around all 20 Premier League Clubs. We have so much equipment which we need to transport as well as a number of support team and MC Rental has managed to provide us with a solution which was best for us and the challenge. It means so much that they are giving their support and I look forward to Dean joining me for a couple of miles during the challenge.”



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