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Sophie Lancaster remembered by Rainhill pupils

October 28, 2014 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace worked with pupils from Rainhill High School in Merseyside to help them organise a Sophie Lancaster(*) Charity Day at the school.

Sophie was brutally murdered because she looked different.  Her death on August 24th 2007, followed an horrific attack on her and her partner Rob in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire.  Sophie and Rob dressed in their unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people.  A charity has been set up in Sophie’s name. The charity, known as The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, focusses on creating respect for and understanding ‘subcultures’ in our communities.

Jemma Buntin form the Foundation for Peace attended the event and said: “The Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace is extremely proud and pleased to have inspired this event at Rainhill School.

“Students attended workshops delivered by the Foundation team around prejudice and discrimination and were inspired to host a Sophie Lancaster Remembrance Day in her memory.”

Rainhill High School has made a pledge to abolish all hate crime.

As part of their Sophie Lancaster Remembrance Day students were invited to write their thoughts around hate crimes on the school’s purpose built graffiti walls (see featured picture and poem below).

Project manager Jemma Buntin was overwhelmed by the student’s genuine desire to tackle prejudice and discrimination.

You can find out more about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation – click here

Find out more about Rainhill High School – click here

Contact Jemma to find out about our work with young people – click here

 One of the poem’s written by a Rainhill High pupil (please note the content is sensitive):

Rainhill High School