Students make moves to support Sophie Lancaster Foundation

Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their daughter and so The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established.

Earlier this term students took part in a group discussion with members of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a charity set up following the horrific attack and untimely death of Sophie Lancaster, a 20 year old from Lancashire.

The charity, which works in conjunction with politicians and police forces to ensure individuals who are part of subcultures are protected by the law, has made a lot of headway since launching in June 2008.

Adam Lancaster, Brother of Sophie Lancaster, told students during the event “in 2013 Greater Manchester Police became the first to monitor and record hate crimes and incidents against people from Alternative Subcultures. Several other Police Authorities followed their example, but this hate crime still continues to be a prevalent issue in Greater Manchester and beyond.”

Taylor Greenwood who is a member of the student Equality Council at Stockport College and active member of the Greater Manchester Youth Council told us after the event “what a lot of people don’t realise is there is still bullying and hate crimes taking place in everyday life, and it’s important that we make changes to this culture from the ground up”.

Students across Stockport College, Trafford College, and local community groups will be rallying after Easter Half Term to support The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, raffling off a signed Manchester United Football donated by the club, as well as Sale Sharks tickets.