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Sophie Lancaster’s 29th Birthday

Today marks Sophie Lancaster’s 29th birthday.

For some background information on the foundation, please read more here. We caught up with Sophie’s mother, Sylvia and her team to find out how the charity have been getting on.

Over this year we have been busy working with the Police throughout the UK and we now have 8 police authorities recording and monitoring hate crimes and incidents against alternative subcultures. More are to follow in the near future which will be an important and exciting development for us.

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“Black Roses – The Killing of Sophie Lancaster” won two awards in The Royal Television Society NW. Our patron Julie Hesmondhalgh won “Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series (Female) for her incredible portrayal of Sylvia and the film won “Best Single Drama or Drama Series.

Sylvia dedicated her part of the award to “Our community in France who were slaughtered in the attack at Bataclan last night”

The audience took a deep intake of breath then applauded her dedication.

“Those murdered at Bataclan and other areas in Paris were killed because they were enjoying their lifestyle and culture – live music and sport. This was hate on a massive scale and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation stand with the victims families. We know you will do so too.”

The film will be the next educational tool for the charity as we take it into schools and colleges and continue to use it in our training sessions with police and youth workers.

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 Anti-Bullying Month coincides with Sophie’s “Make A Noise Day” as we mark her birthday.To mark this year’s “Make A Noise” day – we are launching new red wristbands. We have worked in schools, colleges and at Styal Women’s Prison on their dedicated days to raise awareness of the damage bullying does to individuals – we know through the contact we have with our supporters how widespread it is and we do all we can to challenge the prejudiced attitudes that lead to bullying and hateful crime.

We would like to thank Illamasqua for your continued loving support and invite everyone to join us in “Making A Noise” for SOPHIE as we mark her birthday on the 26th November.

Kate Conboy – Campaign Manager

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