The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so the charity was established and it became registered in 2009. Since then, her Mother Sylvia has in particular been busy travelling the world to educate and prevent hate crimes.
Here, we speak to Sylvia about the single released by band Bad Pollyanna which sales will go towards The Sophie Foundation. Please read on to find out more…
Q1. The song ‘Invincible Girl’ by Bad Pollyanna is such a beautiful and meaningful song with powerful lyrics. How does this link up to The Sophie Foundation to you personally?
Invincible Girl is a beautiful song and the lyrics I believe are a powerful reminder to people that they can be who they are and should be proud to be so. The links with both The Foundation and Illamasqua are there for all to hear. Although it is a haunting song I also see it as being a message of empowerment which obviously fits into The Foundation’s ethos.When I set up the charity my main criteria at that time was to raise awareness of the intolerance and prejudice faced by people who belonged to Alternative Subcultures. In my mind Invincible Girl speaks to these particular section of society and says that it is ok.
Watch the video here…
Q2. How did it and does it make you feel when you listen to the song?
When I first heard IG it was unbearable and I had to turn it off. I think quite often when you listen to a song it needs to stir the emotions I think IG does this. Now after listening to the song in my car I hear other emotions within it. Particularly what strikes a chord with
me personally is that it sends a message of hope and empowerment.
Q3. What would you like listeners to take away from listening to this song?
I think that people listening to the song will take away differing messages and it is what is personal to themselves as an individual.
Q4. The Foundation has come such a long way from when you started, seeing you awarded with an OBE and making changes in the laws across the Northern counties of the UK. What are the next steps for The Sophie Foundation?
The Foundation has made massive strides since its inception in 2007. We are currently working on primary resources and these will be piloted in local primary schools throughout September and will be rolled out nationwide in January. Following on from our work with GMP we have developed a package for training police officers and this will be offered to all police forces within the UK. .
Q5. Can you tell us how readers can help to raise awareness about Sophie’s story and the Foundation? As well as how their donations and purchases will help the Foundation moving forward.
Readers can help The Sophie Lancaster Foundation in many ways. I would presume that people who are reading this use social media they can access our Facebook page and come and join us, they can also share our information with their friends.We get many requests from people wishing to raise money for use and we encourage this it is important that people feel a part of the work we do. We have people running marathons, climbing mountains, head shaving, cake bakes non uniform days etc.People donate on a mothly basis if anybody is interested they can access our facebook page and see the work that is carried out in the name of the Foundation. I always urge people to come and stand by our side and lets together put an end to hate.
All monies raised by donations and purchases go towards furthering the work of the Foundation we are at the moment trying to organise an Alternative Hate Crime Conference and are looking towards raising six thousand pounds to enable us to do this.
Thank you so much for your time Sylvia. We will be supporting the Foundation all the way.
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.
How can YOU help??
There are many ways in which you can help support this fantastic charity, you can directly donate at http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/ or purchase products which donate towards the Foundation. See these products HERE
Thanks for reading!