Sir Andrew Strauss blown away after Ruth Strauss Foundation donations exceed £870,000
"The money is only there to make a difference and to help people at an awful time in their lives. The responsibility is on us and the foundation to make that happen now"
Last Updated: 29/07/20 3:27pm
Sir Andrew Strauss said he was "blown away" by the support for the Ruth Strauss Foundation after over £870,000 was raised across the third #raisethebat Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
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The Ruth Strauss Foundation, set up by Sir Andrew in memory of his wife Ruth, who died of a non-smoking lung cancer in December 2018, held its first #RedForRuth day at a packed Lord's during last summer's Ashes series, raising just over half a million pounds.
But that total was exceeded by some distance this year despite England's series with West Indies being played behind closed doors, with people donating in their droves from home.
Former England opener Strauss told Sky Sports Cricket: "We weren't sure what to expect in this Test match, we weren't sure how engaged the cricketing public would be with it this year.
"We are just so incredibly thankful for the support we've received. We are completely blown away."
The Foundation has part-funded a Cancer Research UK project into lung cancer, while there is also a focus on training professionals who can offer support and prepare families for the death of loved ones.
Strauss added: "It's also worth saying it's not all about the money. The money is only there to make a difference and to help people at an awful time in their lives.
"The responsibility is on us and the foundation to make that happen now. We have the capability to do it, given all the incredible generosity we've received. It's a huge thanks on behalf of the foundation."
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer said, "We couldn't be more pleased for Andrew and the Ruth Strauss Foundation. Over the past few days we have seen first-hand the power of the cricket family and the funds raised will have a huge impact in helping the Ruth Strauss Foundation reach their goals and build an incredible legacy for Ruth."
Karina Murtagh, Ruth Strauss Foundation Chief Executive said, "It has been an absolutely incredible few days for the Foundation. It has been so heart-warming to see the support and kindness of people throughout the game - it's a family supporting families. Thank you to everyone involved."