Sophie Lancaster was a victim of a tragic attack along with her boyfriend Robert Maltby, while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale in Lancashire in the United Kingdom on Saturday 11 August 2007. As a result of her severe head injuries she went into a coma and never regained consciousness. On 24 August 2007 her family agreed to switch off her life support and she passed away. The attack was so vicious that she wasn't even recognizable to her Mother. The marks of their trainers were still visable on her head.
Sophie and Robert were attacked simply because of how they looked, the were Goths.
This is a video of basically what happened that dreadfull day...
Sophie Lancaster Dark Angel Video
Sophie's parents said...
"We were proud to know our daughter. She was funny, kind, loving and brave. She was a beautiful girl with a social conscience and values which made her a joy to know. Not being able to see her blossom into her full potential or even to see her smile again is a tragedy beyond words".
"The thing that makes me most angry is that it is seen as an isolated incident, maybe the seriousness of what happened to Sophie is isolated, but attacks are far from isolated. Just because you follow a different culture you are targeted; you are seen as easy pickings".
Since Sophie's death, family and friends felt that a charity should be set up in Sophie’s name. The charity, known as The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, will focus on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities. It will also work in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who a part of subcultures are protected by the law.
The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
- To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
- To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
- To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”.
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” special. 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.
£3 from every black medium pencil by Illamasqua, named in the honor of Sophie, goes to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Wrist bands, Bloodstock Wristbands, Hoodies, Tank Tops, Tote Bags, Umbrella's are also available.
It's sad to think that in this day and age, this violence is happening. Help raise awareness of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and keep her legacy alive...
Sleep well Sophie...