hate crime

Mum of Sophie Lancaster receives OBE at Buckingham Palace

The Price of Wales has honoured Sylvia Lancaster, founder of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her daughter’s memory, for her work stamping out hate crime.

Sylvia OBE

Sylvia Lancaster and her OBE


The mother of Sophie Lancaster, murdered by a gang who attacked her and her boyfriend, said her OBE is a ‘validation’ of all those young people targeted for looking or dressing differently.

Sylvia Lancaster said: “He talked about Sophie, and about gang culture I’m sure she would be proud. To be here, and we can talk about it, cant we? –You’re here in Buckingham Palace – it’s very special…It’s not just about the work that we do, it’s a validation of the work that we do and of the alternative subcultures as well.”

Sophie was 20 when, in 2007, drunken teenagers in a park in Bacup attacked her and her boyfriend, Rob Maltby because of their alternative appearance.

Sophie and Rob

Sophie and Rob

Rob survived the attack but Sophie, who was kicked and stamped on as she cradled her injured boyfriend never regained consciousness and died in hospital 13 days later.

Sylvia said she hoped her charity, which aims to challenge prejudices towards people from alternative subcultures and campaigns on hate crime legislation, would offer troubled youngsters hope.







TRAFFORD Council, in conjunction with partners from the Safer Trafford Partnership, including the police and the Diverse Communities Board as well as other community and voluntary groups, are attempting to raise awareness and tackle hate crime and hate related incidents.


Hate crime or incidents are defined as incidents or crimes that are perceived by the victim or others as being motivated by prejudice and hate.

As part of raising awareness about hate crime, the council has launched a borough wide competition to schools, colleges and youth groups.

Entrants are invited to design a poster or produce a piece of writing that does one or more of the following:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of hate crime or hate incidents.
  • Promote tolerance and cohesion.

The categories are: tackling racism; homophobia; religious discrimination; disability discrimination and transgender discrimination.

The posters and articles will be displayed and prizes will be awarded for each winning school and entry.

For more information please contact: Aman Akram:  akram@trafford.gov.uk or call on 0161 912 2602.

Alternatively you can also contact Annette Nelson. annette.nelson@trafford.gov.uk  or call on 0161 911 8678

Closing date is March 28 2014.


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