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Ed Sheeran, Michael McIntyre and cricket legends raise vital funds for The Ruth Strauss Foundation

A host of celebrities and cricketing stars yesterday helped raise vital funds at the inaugural #RockforRuth event for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, the charity set up by Sir Andrew Strauss in memory of his wife Ruth who died from a non-smoking lung cancer.

The charity provides pre bereavement support to families where a parent has a terminal cancer diagnosis and also advocates for more collaboration and research into non-smoking lung cancers.

The event started with an All-Star cricket match, which saw Sir Andrew Strauss’ team including Damian Lewis, Joe Root, Kate Cross and Jason Robinson take on Team Sheeran, captained by Michael McIntyre with players including Sir Alastair Cook, Harry Judd, Alex Hartley and Ben Stokes - with Team Strauss sealing victory.

The match was followed by a fine dining experience from Ruth Strauss Foundation ambassador and celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge, during which Michael McIntyre took to the stage for a short comedy set before a live auction, with prizes including a private box to see Coldplay in concert and an original Sacha Jafri painting.

Guests were then treated to an intimate ‘rock’ performance by music superstar Ed Sheeran, who invited Michael McIntyre up on stage for an impromptu duet.

Sir Andrew Strauss said: “I’m totally overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who attended our first ever #RockforRuth event. As a new charity, we are always looking for new ways to engage new supporters and connect with more families in need and #RockForRuth was a brilliant way to do this. From superstars like Ed Sheeran and Michael McIntyre to the cricket community and corporate partners, the amount raised will allow us to help so many more families, and that’s the whole reason we host events like this. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

#RockForRuth is a new fundraising initiative for the charity, which is known for #RedForRuth, the annual event where one England men’s Test Match is dedicated to the charity to help raise awareness and funds. The money raised yesterday will be used to help fund the Ruth Strauss Foundations mission to support families facing the death of a parent from cancer, and advocate for more collaboration and research into non-smoking lung cancers.