The Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation
The Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation (LTCF) is dedicated to helping provide the relief of serious illness in newborn babies and infants, both in the UK and abroad. The foundation was created by violinists Matthew Trusler and Maya Koch after the death of their baby son from a rare kidney disease in April 2007. Just one month after its official launch in 2008 it was chosen as Charity of the Year by Reef Television. The award included a £10.000 donation towards the LTCF’s first mission, a family room for the neonatal unit of the Whittington Hospital London. Since then the foundation has collaborated with a range of performers, raising funds through musical projects. In 2010 the LTCF hosted a Gala event in London featuring over twenty artists including comedian Michael McIntyre, actor Tom Conti, the Belcea Quartet and cellist Natalie Clein. In recent years the foundation has been able to buy vital life saving equipment including a new incubator, again for the neonatal unit of the Whittington Hospital, and has begun supporting a children’s hospice, Helen & Douglas House in Oxford.