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Lord's turns red on Thursday to raise funds for research into rare forms of lung cancer.
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Lord’s Cricket Ground will turn red for day two of the Specsavers Ashes Test match between England and Australia in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, with the Professional Cricketers’ Association encouraging its members and general supporters alike to support this very worthy cause.
Lord’s, the ECB and the MCC are joining forces to raise awareness of and funds for the organisation by holding the first event of its kind at one of cricket’s most historic venues on Thursday.
Everything from the sponsor boards to the players’ caps will be turning red, the favourite colour of ex-Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss’ late wife Ruth, this Thursday.
A multitude of fundraising activities are also taking place, including a silent auction on the Foundation’s website where you can bid on Eoin Morgan’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final shirt signed by the winning team. A raffle in the ground’s hospitality boxes will also be taking place, and £1 from each match programme sale will go to the charity.
Guests of the PCA will also be able to purchase £10 red flowers, with all money again going back into the Foundation.
Spectators at the stadium will be able to donate by cash or card, and any supporter can text ‘RUTH10’ or ‘RUTH5’ to 70507 to donate £10 or £5.
A ‘Ruth Strauss red guard of honour’ will welcome the Strauss family onto the Lord’s turf before the start of play on day two, with supporters in the ground receiving ‘four and six’ cards courtesy of Ruth Strauss Foundation volunteers to simultaneously hold aloft.
The Foundation was set up by Andrew in honour of his wife Ruth, who lost her courageous battle against a rare form of lung cancer at the age of just 46 in December 2018. The aim of the charitable organisation is to provide grants for research into similar illnesses and assist patients and their families by way of emotional support.
PCA Chief Executive David Leatherdale has expressed his support for the momentous occasion.
“The PCA is proud to support the Ruth Strauss Foundation in helping to turn Lord’s red to raise crucial awareness and funds,” said Leatherdale.
“Andrew is an extremely well-valued PCA member and what his family have been through in recent years is deeply saddening.
“For Andrew to create a charity in Ruth’s honour is a fitting tribute to somebody who played a huge role in supporting Andrew and other family members of the England team during a successful period representing his country.
“Everyone at the PCA wishes the Foundation all the best in creating a lasting legacy for Ruth and urges members and supporters alike to offer as much support as they can.”
Find out more by visiting the Ruth Strauss Foundation website.