Sylvia Lancaster, mother of Sophie, dies suddenly

Sylvia Lancaster, the mother of Sophie, who was murdered in 2007, has died suddenly. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Team said “her death was sudden and unexpected.”

Her death comes weeks after one of Sophie’s killers was set to be released from prison, a decision Sylvia Lancaster said she was “very disappointed” by.

Sophie Lancaster
Sophie Lancaster

The statement from from The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Team reads:

This is the hardest statement to write. It is with great shock and disbelief that we announce that Sylvia Lancaster has passed away. She died early this morning in Blackburn hospital. She had suffered from ill health for the last couple of years, but her death was sudden and unexpected. Sylvia had such a powerful life force; we cannot imagine a world without her in it.

Following Sophie’s brutal murder, Sylvia put her energy into championing people from alternative subcultures and creating educational programmes to tackle prejudice and intolerance. She worked tirelessly to combat the inaccurate and lazy stereotyping that all too often leads to violent prejudice and promoted a culture of celebrating difference; something that leads to safer communities for us all.

Sylvia was formidable. She challenged authority and fought for what she believed in. Her legacy is that Sophie will never be forgotten, and her daughter’s name will always represent her mission – to Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.

She will be sadly missed.

There will be much to say over the course of the next few months. Initially all our thoughts are focused on supporting Adam and his family in the coming days and weeks. Hold those you love a little bit closer today.

We are finishing for the last time using Sylvia’s sign off.

Love and Light,

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation Team

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