We’ve got an exciting announcement for you lovely bats – from now on 10% of all our profits will be donated to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation! We’re delighted to be able to work with this fantastic charity to support the amazing work they do in fighting prejudice and hate crime.
Many of you will be familiar with this charity and the story of Sophie Lancaster, but if you are unaware of it then a warning – this story is painful, deeply distressing and will stay with you.
Sophie was a beautiful 20 year old woman living in Lancashire in 2007. She was intelligent, kind, brave, and a goth. On the 11th August 2007 Sophie and her boyfriend Rob were walking through a local park in the early hours of the morning when a gang of teenagers began a vicious and unprovoked attack on Rob, knocking him unconscious. Sophie used her own body to shield Rob from the attack, and the attackers turned on her – kicking her and jumping up and down on her head. The injuries they both received were so severe, their faces so swollen, that they were completely unrecognisable.
The pair were both hospitalised, and in comas. Rob gradually recovered but Sophie’s injuries were so severe that on 24th August 2007 her life support machine had to be switched off. Five teenagers were charged with murder (though 3 of these were reduced to Assault with intent) and sentenced to jail. Sophie’s murder was, rightly, treated as a hate crime by the sentencing Judge. During the trial the prosecution told the hearing “Sophie and Robert were singled out not for anything they had said or done, but because they looked and dressed differently”.
After Sophie’s death her mother, Sylvia, established The Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her memory. The charity works tirelessly to fight prejudice and intolerance everywhere, and campaigns to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures. They work extensively in schools and with young people to help break down their hatred and fears of those who are ‘different’ from them – be it alternative subcultures, disabilities, religious differences, race, sexual orientation or any other prejudices they may hold. In 2014 Sylvia was awarded an OBE for her work in reducing hate crime. They have been successful in getting increasing numbers of UK police forces and authorities to include Alternative Subcultures in their monitoring of hate crime.
We are so proud to be working with this fantastic foundation to Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.
You can find out more about The Sophie Lancaster Foundation here.