|Written by Administrator|
|Saturday, 13 March 2010 19:51|
Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established and it became a registered charity in 2009
The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
So far, to meet these aims and objectives we have promoted the Foundation nationally and internationally, ensuring Sophie is recognised in the media and elsewhere. This has involved Sylvia Lancaster being interviewed many times for TV and Newspapers and many magazines have included features on Sophie's death and the work of Sylvia in setting up the Foundation. Including a "Tonight With Trevor McDonald s"pecial.
The partnership with Illamasqua and Propaganda has proved invaluable and The Foundation is proud to work with them. Their profile in the beauty and business world has carried the work of the Foundation into new areas and brought new supporters and collaborators to join us.
Their creation of Dark Angel to commemorate Sophie's 23rd birthday was inspirational. It is a profound, powerful animation that was premiered in Manchester city centre and on MTV. Please watch it above if you have not yet seen it.
Through Propaganda, the Foundation was introduced to Huthwaites, an international training company, and they have worked with Sylvia to develop educational group-works which will incorporate the Dark Angel film and a game that challenges the perceptions of young people and hopefully professionals about people who are from alternative subcultures. The SOPHIE educational resource is now being used in schools and we offer a training course for ecuational and youth workers. Please see the "Education" page for more information and dates of training sessions.
Other partners include The Anne Frank UK Trust, who include Sophie and Rob's attack and death in their touring exhibition and in January 2010, Sylvia was invited to light a candle in memory of Sophie at the Holocaust Memorial Commemoration Lunch at Park Lane Hilton. They correctly recognise that Sophie's death was a Hate Crime and represents the face of prejudice and intolerance in 2010.
Bizarre magazine have created aProud to be Different page in their monthly magazine, dedicated to the work of the Foundation and they have supported our work from the onset. The political and social campaign to highlight the issue of the prejudice and hatred faced by alternatives has been very high profile and has led to Sylvia now being on the Hate Crime Advisory Board to the UK government and is working closely with the people responsible for writing the Police Association's Manual.
Having met with the Justice Minister, Jack Straw, at The Ministry of Justice in May 2009 to discuss the need to update the legislation, The Foundation was pointed to examples of good practice in Local Government who were addressing the issue. Bolton council had extended their definition of hate crimes to include life style and dresscod following Sophie's death. Sylvia is now working with various boards helping them shape their policies and procedures.
Socially, the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign has been very well supported and we work closely with musicians of all genres.
The Bloodstock Festival 2009 renamed one of their stages The Sophie Lancaster Stage and Beholder released their single" Never Take Us Down" all proceeds to the Foundation.
Many bands and in particular, Goldblade, The Damned, The King Blues and The Levellers have supported us by inviting us to speak from their stages during gigs and sell our wristbands from their stalls. Individual artists like Robin Ince, Attila The Stockbroker and Alun Parry have performed to support our work. Others wear our S.O.P.H.I.E. wristband as a show of support, like Gary Numan and the band on his latest tour, The Saturdays and actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
We hope to build on this and have a bigger presence at festivals in the coming months and years.
We attended the Hole gig in London and met with Courtney Love who is a big supporter of the campaign. She proudly wore her S.O.P.H.I.E wristband when on Jonathan Ross, at The Brits and NME awards. All the photos from the gig show her wearing it. She got to know about the campaign through Illamasqua.
Obviously funding is crucial to the Foundation and we are grateful to everyone who has played their part in raising money for us, be it by holding gigs, tea-parties or doing marathons, it all helps greatly !
Funding has come from The Lancashire Criminal Justice Board, who awarded the Sophie Lancaster Foundation £30,000 in December 2009. This enabled the Foundation to prepare to and deliver the educational group-works and set up a small office.
To donate to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation please go to the donate page on this website for our bank details.
Just Giving donating is now available, the number for the charity is XT 28806. This enables us to claim 25% extra on your donation from the government if you are a UK tax payer.
We also have an account with Everyclick.
We have recently set up a Missionfish page on Ebay so people can donate part or all of their sales profits to the charity. We can also hold auctions to raise funds to further our work.
All details are on the "Donate" page.