News on the Sophie Campaign and other related cases.

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Post by Varney » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:50 am

Foundation in memory of Sophie Lancaster
(Helen Korn)

A CHARITABLE foundation is being set up in memory of murdered Sophie Lancaster

The charity will seek to help educate professionals such as the police and teachers about subcultures.

It will also continue the campaign to make the definition of a hate crime include offences motivated by appearance.

Sophie, 20, died last August after being set upon as she cradled her boyfriend Robert Maltby who had been attacked in Stubbylee Park, Bacup.

The pair - former Haslingden High School pupils - had been targeted by a gang of youths because they were dressed as goths.

Sophie's attackers Ryan Herbert, 16, and Brendan Harris, 15, both from Bacup, were jailed for life last month for her murder.

Sophie's mother Sylvia hopes the Sophie Lancaster Foundation will be a lasting legacy to her daughter.

The foundation will be accessible by professionals including teachers and police, to educate children and others about subcultures.

It will also be used as training provider and as a stepping stone for social lobbying to get a change in the law regarding the definition of hate crime.

A website, which will incorporate Sophie's MySpace site and information about the SOPHIE campaign, will be used to promote the foundation.

It will also include artwork, poetry and music that people have dedicated to Sophie.

The charities commission has been contacted.

Sylvia has been in contact with Lancashire Youth Service about setting up workshops to educate young people about subcultures.

Kate Conboy-Greenwood, a close friend of Sylvia, said "People email us every week saying they have been attacked for the way they look.

"My friend's son has long hair and wears a Jimmy Hendrix T shirt. His teacher always asks him when he's going to get his hair cut.

"We need to educate teachers if they are singling pupils out and that goes to the playground. It could end up with the same situation in another park somewhere else.

"We've come a long way with the foundation already and we hope it will be a lasting legacy to Sophie."

Asda has chosen the SOPHIE campaign as its charity for the year and has already been in discussions about the events it would like to carry out this year to raise cash.

The family have also been trying to get a memorial bench with a plaque outside Haslingden Library as a permanent mark of respect for Sophie, as it was one of her favourite places.

If anyone wished to sell SOPHIE black wristbands in aid of the SOPHIE fund, they can email:
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Post by Varney » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:52 am

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Post by bitbat » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:21 am

It might be possible to work in conjunction with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust at some point in the future. Although not generally talked about these days this charity does some very good work along similar lines. I attended a talk given by Mrs Lamplugh as a fringe event at my teaching union's conference one year which was very inspiring and useful.


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