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Andrew Meal Prep Guru to Ultra Marathon Man!

A meal prep guru from Liverpool has just completed his 1,500th consecutive day of running; covering almost 19,000 miles in over 4 years of daily runs. Andrew Kelly, 27, is the Co-Founder of meal prep company Benno Box and attributes his superhuman fitness to his healthy diet and discipline.

Averaging 12.6 miles per day over 4 years (just under a ½ marathon each day), Andrew is a machine when it comes to long distance running. Having competed in some of the biggest races in the world, including 200-250 mile events in Florida and Arizona, Liverpool's very own Roger Bannister is showing no signs of slowing down.

Andrew's story started in 2019 when he started running 2 miles each day. He soon became obsessed and decided to start making his own healthy, high protein and low sugar meals to help him reach peak condition. As his obsession with running grew, on New Year's Eve 2019 he completely quit drinking alcohol, and as his stamina improved people started asking about his diet more.

In 2020 during lockdown, Andrew started supplying family and friends with his meal prep meals; becoming so popular that he decided to quit his job and set up Benno Box. Fast forward four years, Andrew has now ran for 1,500 days straight and Benno Box has supplied over 1,700 customers with over 100,000 healthy meals.


Andrew explained:- "I started running just a couple of miles a day but became addicted to how it made me feel. I started testing myself and realised that to get to the next level I needed to cut out alcohol and have a healthy diet. I initially trained as a KP whilst at college so drew on that knowledge from the chefs to create nutritious, protein rich and super tasty meals; it was my diet that helped me get to the next level. During lockdown, after supplying friends and family with my meals, they spread like wildfire by word of mouth. I quit my job as an engineer and founded Benno Box with my friend. Four year later, we have a unit just outside the city centre and a great team; helping change lives one healthy meal at a time; and I've completed some of the most challenging races in the world."

Just as Andrew's running has gone from strength to strength, as has Benno Box. With delicious meals such as Salt & Pepper Chicken Noodles, Tex Mex Bowl and Korean Beef and delivery across Merseyside, Benno Box has become a big hit amongst those wanting a healthy diet and professionals who don't have time to cook.

Benno Box offers a huge menu for custom orders or set meal plans such as 5 meals per week for as little as £39.99 delivered. Customer feedback has been profound; with countless reviews from people who have lost weight, overcome eating disorders and lived healthier lives. Like Andrew, many sport enthusiasts and athletes have attributed the Benno Box diet to taking their fitness to the next level.

With lots of variety, Benno Box offers a sustainable and 360 degree approach to diet; with lots of snacks, treats and drinks to complement the healthy meals. It's very much a team effort, with chef Jordan a whizz in the kitchen and Andrew's girlfriend Layla making the protein bake recipes including:- protein pancakes, waffles, flapjacks, cookies and more.

Andrew summarised:- "My diet and lifestyle has changed my life and enabled me to run for 1,500 days straight, as well as compete in the world's most gruelling challenges. At Benno Box, we want to give others that gift too and to hear the feedback from customers is so rewarding; from people who have lost weight to people who have healed their eating disorders to people who have taking their fitness to the next level."


Benno Box meal prep guru, Andrew Kelly, has just completed his 1,500th consecutive day of running; covering almost 19,000 miles in over 4 years of daily runs. He has averaged 12.6 miles per day over four years (just under a ½ marathon each day), and has competed in some of the world's most gruelling long distance races.

New poll shows money is the biggest barrier to people from the North West going on a summer holiday

NEW research by Family Holiday Charity shines a light on the barriers that are stopping people going on a Summer holiday this year, with money (45%) topping the list for those living in the North West of England.

The poll, undertaken by YouGov, is part of a new UK wide campaign, Holiday Moments launched by Family Holiday Charity which aims to highlight the magic of small moments that can make a holiday extraordinary for families who are facing life's toughest challenges.

The findings also showed that 27% of the people living in the North West cannot afford to go on a summer holiday this year or have to save for a year or more before.
The poll also highlighted that across the UK:-

  •  3% of UK adults say they have never been on a summer holiday.

  •  12% of UK adults feel that family commitments are a barrier to going on a summer holiday.


  •  11% of UK adults find the organisation of planning a holiday a barrier.


  •  17% of UK adults will have saved a year or more in advance to pay for their summer holiday this year.


  •  11% of UK adults say they cannot afford to go on a summer holiday this year.

  •  20% of UK adults said that they physically find themselves returning to the same childhood location at least once a year to create a new summer holiday memory.

These findings come at a time when UK families are already feeling the pinch with the cost-of-living crisis and demand for a moment away from it all has never been higher.

Holiday Moments has been launched by Family Holiday Charity to raise awareness of the charity's work and help people understand that holidays are a vital part of family life and they play an important role in people's well-being. 2,500,000 families with dependent children in the UK are currently unable to afford a one-week holiday.

Family Holiday Charity helps families get time away together; often for the 1st time ever; for holidays that build happy memories, confidence, and hope.

Kat Lee, CEO of Family Holiday Charity said:- "This poll demonstrates that there are so many different barriers faced by people who want to go on holiday and this just shouldn't be the case. For many families in the North West, the magic of small holiday moments like ice cream treats, penny machine victories or quality time together are out of reach. Family Holiday Charity know that every family needs that time together to grow, to play, to just:- 'be,' together. Even a moment can make a lifetime of difference. Family Holiday Charity helps families to have a holiday. Those who are facing life's toughest challenges, such as mental health issues, domestic abuse, and homelessness. Every family needs time together to have fun, try new things, and see each other smile. We know that families who get away together, grow together; into stronger happier, and more confident families. The impact of time away spent together as a family lasts forever."

A new short film featuring families highlights the difference that a holiday can make for them, alongside showcasing some of the experiences of people who have been on holiday through the charity.

One family which has benefitted from a holiday thanks to Family Holiday Charity is 34-year-old Kirsty Hay from Gloucestershire was supported by the charity last year so that she could take her three young children on holiday to Bognor Regis. She said:- "We'd only been away once before a long time ago, so it was so wonderful for us all to spend quality time together as a family away from the normal routine of life. We loved every single minute of our holiday but for me, in particular, it was so special to see the excitement and happiness on their little faces every day as they got to try out new activities. It also gave me more confidence as a mum, and I could let them have a bit of independence as I found myself not worrying so much as I was much more relaxed on holiday. Everyone deserves to have the chance go on holiday to make special memories and we can't thank the charity enough for helping us make memories of our own."

To donate or find out more about the charity's campaign please visit:- FamilyHolidayCharity.Org.UK.

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