Mapping the story of the Sophie Lancaster campaign
Created by RockFM on 14/01/2010
Last updated: 12/03/10 at 11:16
Tags: sophie hate crime alternative subcultures
New Merchandise launched to raise further funds and continue awareness of the campaign.
Saturday 8th March saw more than 300 people gather at King George's Hall in Blackburn at an event promoting the fight against intolerance towards race, religion, sexuality and lifestyle, organised by local police and charity Woman's Voice.
The evening included a speech by Sylvia Lancaster, mother of Sophie Lancaster, on the aims of the S.O.P.H.I.E. Foundation and their recent work.
Sophie's mum Sylvia attends a commemoration of the Holocaust in London to light a candle for her daughter. Sophie has been included in the day becuase she is a modern example of the prejudice that we are faced with in society today. Sylvia talked to Rock FM about what the event meant to her. Sylvia Lancaster is featured in the picture with Rwanda survivor Jacqueline Nyiratunga, Gena Turgel and Bergen-Belsen liberator Charles Salt.
Bacup Borough FC boss Brent Peters told fans they had plans for a long standing memorial to Sophie Lancaster. This would be a new main cantilever stand that would be named the Sophie Lancaster Stand.
Sylvia joins Goldblade on stage during their support slot before Ian Brown to speak to the audience about fighting prejudice.
Sylvia thanks everyone who has left messages of support and encoragement to continue with the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign.
All were invited to Cathedral Gardens in Manchester to remember what would have been Sophies 23rd birthday. The film Dark Angel was premiered and was a powerful reminder of what prejudice and intolerance can lead to.
Launch of the Dark Angel film and makeup range.
Illamasqua launched their entire brand of make-up. The S.O.P.H.I.E black eyeliner pencil was one of their products, with £3 from each pencil sold going to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Behind the Scenes of Dark Angel Film
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was one of 10 organisations from around the UK to benefit from the Community Cashback scheme. The £20,000 of funding will help make a difference in changing the perceptions of young people and help them to realise what can happen when people are singled out simply because of how they look.
A group of Bolton Musicians strip off to help fight prejudice and support the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign. Gemma Dickinson who came up with the idea said it wasn't hard to find people to take their clothes off for a good cause.
Sylvia meets Paul Giannasi, Senior Advisor on Hate Crime. Sylvia was invited then invited back to speak to Information, Advice and Guidance committee.
Sylvia Lancaster pledged her support for the work being done by BSAFE to tackle hate-related incidents in the town with recognition of lifestyle and dress code to protect a person’s right to express themselves without fear of prejudice. BSAFE is a partnership of over 20 organisations across Bolton, including Bolton at Home, Bolton Council and the Greater Manchester Police Authority. The partnership shares information and works together to provide a coordinated response to incidents of antisocial behaviour and encourages victims to come forward.
Slyvia meets with Hate Crime & Diversity Unit at Burnley Council. The unit look after victims of crime, if they are vulnerable; eg Mental health issues, elderly/vulnerable, drink and drug dependant. The service covers Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.
The Romanian Humanist Association launch their Black Cat Campaign in partnership with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness concerning the numerous incidents of intolerance, violence and discrimination perpetrated on individuals who dress and look 'different'. Sylvia went along to support the launch.
Courney Love is photographed wearing a S.O.P.H.I.E wristband.
Sylvia worked with a small project group in Huthwaite to devise and dvelop a game called SOPHIE, that will encorage tolerance in the up and coming genrations at a key stage in their develipment
Sylvia Lancaster met with Shadow Minister for Children, Michael Gove, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. It’s hoped that laws that protect racial or religious groups will be extended to cover violence against subcultures, like Goths, Moshers and Emos. Sylvia explained to Gove that the changes were important to ensure that justice is done. She said: “It’s not good enough for it to be at the judges discretion. We want legislation so people who commit hate crimes against other cultures are punished.”
The make-up company Illamasqua open their secoond counter in Selfridges in the Trafford Centre.
Sylvia calls for legislation that would mean tougher sentences for attacks based on someone's appearance.
It was announced that the Bloodstock Open Air festival were to rename their third stage to The Sophie Lancaster Stage in tribute and to promote the S.O.P.H.I.E. Campaign
Bloodstock organiser Paul Gregory said “It is our hope that renaming the stage will help to keep Sophie’s memory alive and raise awareness to our society that this kind of brutal behaviour will not be tolerated”.
Sylvia was commended for presenting herself in an ‘admirable’ way in the aftermath of Sophies murder in August 2007.
On nomination sheets, members of the public also praised her ability to ‘see beyond’ her personal tragedy and launch the SOPHIE campaign.
The second Make A Noise memorial concert was held at Heywood Civic Centre to mark what would have been Sophies 22nd birthday. The concert featured legendary punk band, The Damned, Manchester punks Gold Blade, AOR (Spirit of the Alarm), including original members of Alarm and Sophie’s friends bands Ded Mole Crickit and Eustacia Vye. It ended with a minute of noise at midnight.
Appeal took place no judgement laid down.
Sylvia asks about appeals and process of assessment undertaken by youths at a panel at the Labour Party Conference. Lots of media interest in the press.
Sylvia met with alternative make-up company Illamasqua who had decided to go ahead with sponsorship.
A march took place to honour Sophie Lancaster and celebrate diversity. Around a hundred Goths assembled for a march around Sheffield city centre in a plea for tolerance from a society they feel gives them little respect. Under a banner saying 'The Parade of United Souls' they said the march was not only for Goths but for any of the youth subcultures that weren't accepted by wider society People were encoraged to dress how they felt comfortable and represent themselves as true as possible. Those that don't see themselves as alternative were also encoraged to join in and support.
The youths were told they could appeal their jail terms.
The Rawtenstall ASDA store choose the S.O.P.H.I.E Foundation Trust as their fund of the year.
Opening night of a new dark comedy 'Suckers' that dealt with perceptions of the Gothic subculture. It was performed by the Carabas Theatre Company and donated all profits to the S.O.P.H.I.E fund. In a discussion after the performance, the cast and audience discussed Gothic culture, the issues raised in the performance, and the possibility of educating young people about different subcultures. The work, "Suckers," was written and directed by MJ Wesolowski, and the production raised £200 for the S.O.P.H.I.E fund.
The report follows youth worker Sylvia as she travels to several locations around Europe searching for possible solutions to ending Britain's problem with teenage violence and binge drinking. The documentary 'Fixing Broken Britain' was part of the 'Tonight with Trevor McDonald' series on ITV.
Sylvia is asked by The Anne Frank Trust for the permission to use Sophie's case in an exhibition as a modern day example of prejudice. Sylvia agrees.
The exhibition looks at the life of Anne Frank starting with her birth and ending with examples of where modern day prejudice has led to death such as the murder of Sophie and of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
The exhibition runs for 2 weeks in Preston Prison in the bid to provoke discussion about diversity issues with the inmates.
Sylvia talks on GMTV about Sophie and what needs to be done to stop prejudice. Gordon Brown also features on the programme and offers any help that he can.
Sylvia's reaction to the sentencing.
A bench has been placed on the West Cliff in Whitby, North Yorkshire, after fundraisers collected more than £3,000. Mr Varney who led the unveiling said: "We decided it only fitting that she had a memorial not only in the place where she and Rob had once enjoyed but also a place where Goths frequent, so they can pay their respects when there." The dedication ceremony took place during Whitby Goth Weekend. The plaque on the bench reads: "In memory of Sophie Lancaster 26th November 1986 - 24th August 2007 - an angel too soon."
Get response from the government regarding the goth-hatecrime-epetition.
While the trial was taking place Sylvia recieved a message from a make-up company called Illamasqua regarding sponsorship of the Sophie Fund.
Brendan Harris, 15, and Ryan Herbert, 16, were sentenced to life imprisonment for Sophie's murder. Brothers Joseph and Danny Hulme, 17 and 16, and Daniel Mallet, 17, were also jailed for the prior assault on Sophie's boyfriend Rob Maltby. During his summing up Judge Anthony Russell QC stated: "This was a hate crime equal to all others." Thus setting a precedent in law. He also made it abundantly clear that in his opinion the hate crime legislation was perfectly adequate becuase judges are allowed to use their discretion in deciding to prosecute using the legislation.
The Prime Minister offered any help he could. Need to confirm date.