Four years ago 20 year old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were savagely attacked and left for dead simply because they looked 'different'. Sophie later died of her injuries.
What a disgusting tragedy.
I'm sure anyone hearing Sophie's story would be deeply saddened and horrified by it. Unfortunately it is not an isolated incident. Personally I've been on the recieving end of both verbal and physical attacks because of my appearance.
While it's really very little consolation, at least from the ashes of the tragedy a phoenix of hope has risen in the form of the SOPHIE charity. The aims of the charity are to educate people that, no matter what culture you belong to, people are just the same inside and to stop what happened to Sophie from ever happening again.
You can learn more about the charity on their website or by watching the videos below:
The BBC made a radio program about Sophie which you can listen to here
To donate to the charity you can either do so directly or through buying a SOPHIE eyeliner pencil or wristband from Illamasqua.
Sophie was a beautiful young girl who died needlessly, but at least she will be remembered and her legacy will help others. Thanks for reading.