Foundation series

Lord’s will turn red for the Ruth Strauss Foundation on England’s second day against South Africa

Lord’s becomes “Red for Ruth” on Thursday in recognition of the Ruth Strauss Foundation.

The wife of former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss died of lung cancer in December 2018, aged 46. Strauss, whose two sons Sam and Luca were young children at the time of Ruth’s illness and death, has since established the foundation to support families as they prepare for grief and bereavement.

Red for Ruth has become an annual event in which players wear bright red caps and blazers and the home of cricket turns color, with spectators also encouraged to wear red. This summer it falls on the second day of England’s first Test match with South Africa, the start of a three-game series.

The foundation raises funds for rare cancer research and has launched a family support service which aims to help some of the 41,000 children each year who lose a parent.

“It’s so important for families going through this to have that professional help,” Strauss said last year. “They are at a time when they often feel completely lost, all at sea, scared and fearful and incredibly emotional, so I’m really heartened and it warms my soul to see that we actually deliver on what we promised. Making a worthwhile inheritance for Ruth’s name is very satisfying.

Last summer’s matchday England-India Test match at Lord’s raised £1.2m.

“Each year we have been blown away by the support we have received. He has always exceeded our expectations,” Strauss said this week. “One thing we are focused on is delivering the mission and to do that we need funds to enable us to do that.

“We know we will have fantastic support again this year and hopefully as we have said every year Red For Ruth day and the test match also add to the spectacle of cricket and so that makes it all this great opportunity as well as a fundraising thing for us.

“If it’s a cause that registers and connects with people, I’m sure they’ll want to support it. Hope people stay connected to the cause. Anyone who has a family, the thought of losing a parent is a horrible situation to go through, so if we can make this journey easier for people, however brutal it is, it’s worth spending time trying to make it easier .