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On the 11th August 2007, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, Rob, were viciously beaten unconscious by a gang of youths

Sophie never regained consciousness. Unprovoked; the attack was carried out purely because Sophie and Rob looked different. They were alternative.

After Sophie’s death, her mum, Sylvia Lancaster, vowed to create a lasting legacy to her daughter, and has dedicated her life’s work to changing attitudes in society and the law to make the world a safer and more tolerant place for alternative subcultures. Sylvia’s work has captured the hearts & minds of mainstream society, celebrities, politicians and even royalty, with the recent announcement of her OBE in recognition of her groundbreaking work in the name of tolerance.

And now, seven years on, the charity has joined forces with alternative band, Bad Pollyanna, to launch the poignant charity song – Invincible Girl – available to purchase on download and on collectable, limited-edition 30 inch vinyl – in Sophie’s favourite hue, purple.

The single will be available to buy from the 11th August 2014, the seventh anniversary of Sophie’s attack. And will launch with a one off, exclusive acoustic gig at the amazing Leeds Trinity Church on the 31st July. John Dawson, Director of Arts@Trinity at the Holy Trinity Church expressed,"We are honored to be hosting the warm up gig to raise awareness of the Sophie Charity and what they stand for. We nurture new, young and aspiring talent in music, drama and the arts and support young adults in being proud of who they are.”

On the 7th August in Sophie’s home city of Manchester, Sound Control will host the launch performance of the charity single by Bad Pollyanna alongside a host of special guests.

Sylvia Lancaster comments:“We are delighted to be partnering with the brilliant Bad Pollyanna to release Invincible Girl. With lyrics and a melody that will send shivers down your spine, I love it not just for its sentiment, but its surprise element! It’s not the usual style you’d associate with an alternative band, but the track, featuring the hauntingly beautiful voice of the band’s lead singer, Olivia Hyde cannot fail to resonate with anyone who hears it

“The lyrics of Invincible Girl, penned by talented musician Olivia Hyde and band member, Nikki Kontinen, are so emotionally intelligent; they leave you feeling sad, strong, inspired and proud – all at the same time. I truly believe that Sophie would have loved it! And that’s good enough for me.

“To say that everyone at The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is extremely excited about this track ins an understatement. We all feel that seven years is an appropriate milestone to celebrate the strength and courage Sophie’s death has given us to slowly but surely change the world. And proceeds and awareness from this charity single will help us continue our crucial work”.

The charity single came about when Julian Kynaston - founder of Leeds-based marketing agency, Propaganda, and international make-up brand, Illamasqua - heard the poignant Invincible Girl, dedicated to Sophie, at a Bad Pollyanna gig. As a close friend of Sylvia, having been a supporter of the charity over the last seven years, Julian immediately recognized Invincible Girl as a perfect charity track, and played it to Sylvia, who also agreed it was exactly right for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. He quickly mobilised Propaganda and Illamasqua, which have also been heavily involved with SOPHIE for the past seven years, to work closely with the band to bring this single to the masses and raise crucial funds and awareness for the charity.

As the oxymoronic name suggests, Bad Pollyanna encompasses a mix of both beauty and darkness. The band explores and celebrates the duality of love, sex and the human condition through music and art. Bad Pollyanna believes you should be whoever you want to be and is proud to support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Visit: www.badpollyanna.com.

Please follow The Sophie Lancaster Foundation on Twitter @Sophie_Charity #InvincibleGirl and Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesophielancasterfoundation.

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