Supporting The SOPHIE Lancaster Foundation

Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere

Huthwaite International are proud to be strong supporters of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The Foundation was established as a result of a young Goth, Sophie Lancaster, who was tragically beaten to death in a Lancashire park in 2007 simply because of the way she was dressed.

As a company focused on behaviour change as the basis of performance improvement, we work every day with people from a wide variety of businesses, countries and cultures,” confirms Tony Hughes, Managing Director of Huthwaite International. “As a result, we fully recognise the importance of understanding, accepting and allowing for cultural differences in a business environment."

Huthwaite International have since helped to develop an educational game for young people called S.O.P.H.I.E. The game, which has been successfully trialled at a number of schools, is designed for Key Stage 3 children to explore how the differences between people -especially differences in appearance - determine judgements and actions

This is the age group when children are most susceptible to developing prejudices and intolerances or assimilating them from others,” believes Sylvia Lancaster, who set up the Foundation in memory of her daughter Sophie. For further information please visit their website.

Hate crime: Police record attacks on punks, emos and goths – BBC News

The support against hate crime has been increasingly growing as Sophie’s story is shared, with the Manchester police force beginning to record such attacks on sub-cultures. Please read the recent article published on the BBC News website.