The 4DJOTA have been working alongside the SOPHIE charity at Bloodstock Festival since 2009.
What happened to her is something that is very close to our hearts as similar prejudice has affected us in our lives.
We want to show our continued support to the foundation and help it to grow and spread awareness. It is because of this the 4DJOTA has chosen The Sophie Lancaster Foundation as its charity of choice.
The SOPHIE foundation came to be after Sophie Lancaster and her partner, Robert Maltby were targeted and attacked for looking different and were referred to as “moshers” by their attackers, this lead to the tragic and unnecessary death of Sophie.
The couple’s families described them as “Goths” and said; “They’re both intelligent, sensitive kids. They’re not the type to get in trouble, but they had problems in the past because they looked different”
Sophie was an intelligent and caring girl who was planning on attending Accrington and Rossendale College to complete an English Degree, who was loved and treasured by her friends and family.
4DJOTA will be working with the SOPHIE foundation to raise awareness of the charities aims and goals and we are aiming to assist in reaching these goals.
We will be doing this by attending and hosting different events to help raise money and further awareness for the foundation, along with this the 4DJOTA will be selling joint SOPHIE and 4DJOTA merchandise. The details of the merchandise will be coming soon as we are currently working on this with the SOPHIE foundation.
Please keep an eye on our events page for any events that we are involved in or hosting.
About the Foundation
Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established and it became a registered charity in 2009
The Charity (number 1129689)
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”
So far, to meet these aims and objectives the Foundation has been promoted nationally and internationally, ensuring Sophie is recognised in the media and elsewhere. This has involved Sylvia Lancaster being interviewed many times for TV and Newspapers and many magazines have included features on Sophie’s death and the work of Sylvia in setting up the Foundation. Including a “Tonight With Trevor McDonald” special.
The partnership with Illamasqua and Propaganda has proved invaluable and The Foundation is proud to work with them. Their profile in the beauty and business world has carried the work of the Foundation into new areas and brought new supporters and collaborators to join with them.
Bizarre magazine have created a “Proud to be Different” page in their monthly magazine, dedicated to the work of the Foundation and they have supported their work from the onset. The political and social campaign to highlight the issue of the prejudice and hatred faced by alternatives has been very high profile and has led to Sylvia now being on the Hate Crime Advisory Board to the UK government and is working closely with the people responsible for writing the Police Association’s Manual.
Socially, the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign has been very well supported and they work closely with musicians of all genres.
Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2009 renamed one of their stages “The Sophie Lancaster Stage” and Beholder released their single “Never take us Down”, all proceeds to the Foundation.
How will my donation be spent?
The bulk of the donations that the charity receives will be ploughed back into educational workshops. The SOPHIE workshops have been created to educate young people about subcultures and teach them how to be tolerant of people that belong to them.
Money will also be spent on the promotion of tolerance via events, sponsorship and materials.
I’ve been a victim of attack. How do I report this?
The police view any kind of physical or threatening verbal attack as very serious, and are trained not to discriminate because of somebody’s appearance or beliefs.
We urge you to report any attacks you experience to your local police. Please – this is extremely important.
You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 (UK)