Cricket great Strauss goes in to bat for Chai Cancer Care

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Cricket great Strauss goes in to bat for Chai Cancer Care

Former England captain and director of English cricket to talk about career and death of his wife from cancer at event the evening before Lords one-day international against India

Ruth and Andrew Strauss and their two boys in 2009 after England under his captaincy won the Ashes
Ruth and Andrew Strauss and their two boys in 2009 after England under his captaincy won the Ashes

Cricket icon Sir Andrew Strauss is to be the guest speaker at fundraising breakfast for Chai Cancer Care.

The charity is teaming up with the Ruth Strauss Foundation for a fundraising breakfast.

The England captain from 2008-12 will be in conversation with the writer, broadcaster and cricket aficionado, Giles Coren on Wednesday 13 July, the eve of the One Day International at Lords between England and India.

The event will raise funds for both organisations, hosted by BDB Pitmans at their offices in the City.

Chai chairman Louise Hager said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Ruth Strauss Foundation not only by holding a joint event but also by sharing our knowledge and expertise in the field of cancer care. When organisations like ours come together, it is cancer patients and their families that benefit the most.”

Ines Thiru, chief executive of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, said: “Chai Cancer Care is a leader in the field of community based cancer care and support and we are thrilled that we can collaborate with them to raise much needed funds for families impacted by cancer.”

Chai Cancer Care is the Jewish community’s dedicated national cancer support organisation, enabling patients, family and friends to manage the impact of a cancer diagnosis.

It provides physical, emotional and practical support delivered with care and sensitivity, and in complete confidence from 11 centres across the UK and through their home support service.

Ruth Strauss, Sir Andrew’s wife, was in early 2018 diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer that affects non-smokers.

Ruth died in December 2018; she was 46 years old and mother to two children, then aged 10 and 13. In her memory, Sir Andrew set up the Ruth Strauss Foundation to provide professional emotional support for families to prepare for the death of a parent from cancer and to campaign for the fight against non-smoking lung cancers.


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