Saturday, 29 March 2008

S.O.P.H.I.E. : everyone pls read this

Here’s a copy of a message we received from Sarah Walter which is self-explanatory. If there’s just one thing you do today make sure it’s this :- Please take a few minutes to read & add your support to the efforts & messages put across here & at


Dear Fury UK,

I am sorry to bother you as i know you must be busy but i was wondering if you could help a cause that is dear to me. Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were brutally attacked in Stubby Lee Park in Bacup, Lancashire last August. They were kicked and punched in the head, and had their heads stamped and jumped upon. They were both left for dead and when the paramedics got there their injuries were so bad that they could not tell the gender of the two victims. They both went into comas and two weeks later Sophie died. Robert survived but still to this day has brain damage.

This happened because they were dressed differently. The only motive for this attack was because the couple were dressed and known as "Goth".You may have heard about this as recently one of the group of children who did this to them, (they were aged between 15 and 17 years old at the time of the attack,) was tried for the murder of Sophie and found guilty. He and another boy who pleaded guilty to the murder of Sophie will be sentanced on April 28th.

You may be thinking that it is a bit late for me to messege you seeing as the trial has already happened but it is not the trial that we need help with. Sophie’s mum Sylvia and some friends have set up a campaign in Sophie’s name - S.O.P.H.I.E - Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred & Intolerance Everywhere. It is this campaign that i ask you to help with.All we ask is that you put the banners on your webpages, and spread the word as much as you can. Sophie’s life was ended because she was wearing different clothes/make-up etc to those who attacked her and her boyfriend. is the webpage set up by the campaign in order to spread the word and raise as much money and awareness as possible so that we can try and stop this horrific act happening again and so that Sophie’s death has not been in vain. On this webpage you can find the banners (or there is one on my page if you’d like to copy that) and information about the campaign and also where people can make donations, buy wristbands and t/shirts to help the cause.All we ask is for you to use your influence as a world known music artist to spread the word as much as possible. With your help we can reach more people and hopefully make sure that this can never happen again.Sophie was a beautiful, kind and caring girl who was kicked and stamped to death purely because she dressed differently.

Please help us to make sure this stops NOW! Thank you so much for reading this email.

Kind regards,

Sarah Walter.

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