About us


Last summer, Sir Andrew Strauss, former England captain, did not pick up a bat.  His wife, Ruth, had been diagnosed with the inoperable form of lung cancer that attacks non-smokers, and given just a year to live.

Ruth died on December 29th last year; she was 46 years old and mother to two children, now aged 10 and 13.

In her memory Sir Andrew has launched this foundation to:

  • Provide emotional, psychological and wellbeing support to patients and their families going through a similar experience.
  • Fund research into rare lung cancers.

 “The idea of setting up the foundation came up with Ruth in the last few months of her life.  Ruth desperately wanted to help those affected by this terrible disease and she had a very strong sense of charity – in the broadest sense – of helping others less fortunate than ourselves”.

Andrew and Ruth Strauss embracing their children

Our board of trustees

Our board of trustees has overall responsibility for the direction, management and control of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. Find out more about our trustees here.


The Ruth Strauss Foundation is supported by The Big Yellow Self Storage Company.