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Sophie Lancaster

This group is to remember SOPHIE LANCASTER who was kicked to death for being a Goth just before her 21st birthday!

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Latest Activity: Mar 11, 2016


Hello Everyone,
this is from Sophie's Mum, Sylvia

Sophie sadly died on August 24th 2007, following the horrific attack on her and her partner Rob in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup,Lancashire on the 11th August. Sophie and Rob dressed in their unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people.

I have consulted with both family and friends and we feel that Sophie's Memorial Fund should be set up. Alongside the fund we haved launched a campaign for Sophie; it will be known as S.O.P.H.I.E
This stands for:

S tamp
Hatred +

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation will be run by a committee of family and close friends who knew Sophie. The aims of the Foundation will be to provide an appropriate memorial; a lasting legacy to raise awareness of the injustice perpetrated against Sophie Lancaster and to work towards a more tolerant, less violent society.

> Please help us reach as many as possible, here are ways to donate: * Direct to the The Sophie Lancaster Foundation bank account: Lloyds TSB, account number 12406360 sort code 30-11-48 * Via cheque. Please make the cheque payable to The Sophie Lancaster Memorial Fund and send it to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, 12 Bury Road, Haslingden, Lancashire BB4 5PL or through PAYPAL on the website: these can be used to make a donation or in which to deposit any funds raised from events.

for more details please email the hotmail address below. An on-line book of condolence can be signed by going to and type in Sophie Lancaster

The family can be contacted at:
thank you for reading this and supporting the campaign.


The trial of Brendan Harris started on the 10th March 2008 after Ryan Herbert pleaded to the murder of Sophie.
The trial lasted three weeks and Harris was found guilty unanimously by the jury after only a short deliberation.

Sentencing took place on the 28th April 2008 , where Harris received an 18 year term and Herbert a 16 year term. Both were life sentences.

All five defendants including brothers Joseph and Danny Hulme and Daniel Mallett also had pleaded guilty to the Section 18 Assault with intent of Rob, and were given 5.5 years and 4.5 years respectively. They were sentenced as "Dangerous Offenders" under the 2003 Dangerous Offenders Act and will be detained at Her Majesty's pleasure until it is deemed that they are no longer a threat to the public.

It was announced in June that they are all to seek leave to appeal against their sentences.
Thankfully in October 2009 this was unsuccessful, Ryan Herbert did get a 9 month reduction, but they all lost their appeal against the attack and murder being a hate crime and their appeal against them being deemed as "dangerous" was lost.
Following the trial we have established THE SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION. Through the Foundation we will raise awareness of the prejudice and violence faced by people from alternative subcultures. We will develop and deliver workshops tackling the issues and challenging pre-conceptions. hopefully starting in the summer term 2010. We will continue the social and political campaigning in the same dignified manner we have adhered to since the attack on Sophie and Rob though the S.O.P.H.I.E. Campaign.

As of April, over £30,000 has been raised through the fantastic efforts of many people throughout the UK and beyond. We would like to thank everyone for their kindness in organising and supporting these events.

In 2009 we were awarded £30,000 by the Criminal Community Cashback Fund, where the assets taken from criminals is awarded to organisations who are tackling the anti-social behaviour that blights our society. We received the most votes in Lancashire and have been working in partnership the Criminal Justice Board.
In October 2009, Sylvia was invited to join the Government's Hate Crime Advisory Board. This is of huge importance as it places The Sophie Lancaster Foundation at the heart of policy.
We have been at times overwhelmed by your generosity of spirit. This has encouraged us to carry on our work during the most difficult of times.

We would like to express our sincere thanks for your continued support

Sylvia Lancaster and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Committee.

Read more:





Mother Of Murdered Goth Girl Talks To Sky News


BBC News - Teenager Denies Sophie Lancaster Murder


WSITN: The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

This is a photo of Sophie aged 3





Sophie's killers

Dead eyes: 15-year-old Brendan Harris, left, and Ryan Herbert, 16, were convicted of Sophie's murder

Discussion Forum


Started by Ravenstar. Last reply by Andi Autopsy Jan 25, 2012. 5 Replies

I did this pic for sophie!Continue

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Comment by alexander sinclare on August 8, 2013 at 9:06pm

R.I.P sophie I dident know her but I feel for her the famile has my sympothey I know what its like to be an outcast and to be treated differently

Comment by Captain Jack Havock on March 4, 2012 at 12:40pm

R.I.P Sophie. Stuff like this makes me feel so overprotective of certain people in my life. *sigh*

Comment by Ravenstar on January 16, 2012 at 2:44pm

Thank you Andi sweetie that is very kind of you 

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Comment by Ravenstar on January 12, 2012 at 6:54am
We're re-printing the Weirdo Mosher Freak T shirts and hoodies in all of the out of stock sizes, as well as a couple of new colours. They're available to order now at the online shop, they'll be shipping next week. Thanks again for your support, every purchase helps.

Sophie Lancaster, Weirdo Mosher Freak (Purple Zip) Hoodie.. Design reads WEIRDO MOSHER FREAK; IF ONLY THEYD STOPPED AT NAME CALLING and the S.O.P.H.I.E logo.
Comment by Ravenstar on January 12, 2012 at 6:51am

Hello and welcome Limerick, thank you so much for you heartfelt comment and support, it would be so nice to go anywhere in the world and be who you want to be and to live how you want to live and in time lets hope that peace and tolerance will be everywhere, we all have to live in this world and we're not all the same if we were sure it maybe easier for all but life would be pretty boring after all " variety is the spice of life" it is really very sad that people can hate or ever just form hate just by looking at someone they don't even know just because they don't look or dress the same, they don't even find out what that person is really like deep down and that is sad as they may find that person likes some stuff the same as they do, or just that they are a really nice and interesting person, who's fun and great to know, people who hate are missing out on so so much!! but the more people around the world who spread peace and tolerance the better because it all helps and maybe it will over time make this world a better place for everyone.

Thank you again for your support.

Hugs Ravenstar x


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