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Sylvia Lancaster has returned from London after being invited to light a candle in memory of her daughter, Sophie, at The Anne Frank Holocaust Memorial Day event in London on Thursday 28th January.

Sylvia lights  memorial candle at Anne Frank Trust UKAnne Frank Trust UK holds the annual commemorative lunch to remember victims of Hate Crime and this year asked Sylvia to join them. The lunch, at London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel, was a very emotional event, with the key note speaker being the Holocaust survivor, Judge Thomas Buergenthal, who sits on the International Court of Justice.

Sylvia followed in the footsteps of previous guests Doreen Lawrence and Gee Walker, mothers of Stephen and Anthony, young men who were both killed in racially motivated attacks. The other candle lighters were also representing people who had been victims of hate, including Jacqueline Nyiratunga, a Rawandan nurse who had survived the genocide in her home country and Charlie Salt who was one of the soldiers who supported prisoners to find their families after liberated from Belsen Concentration Camp.

Anne Frank Trust UK contacted Sylvia after the trial of Sophie's murderers to ask if they could include Sophie's shocking death in their touring exhibition which highlights intolerance in the UK and the horrific consequences of hate fuelled crime. The exhibition visits schools, places of worship and importantly prisons and Young Offenders Institutes.

“I was so proud that Sophie was remembered at this auspicious occasion, it was an important part of the lasting legacy we promised her. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation's aim to Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred & Intolerance Everywhere is strengthened by working in partnership with such well respected organisations as The Anne Frank Trust UK.”

The evening before the event, Sylvia and Kate Conboy-Greenwood,the newly appointed Campaigns Manager, met with Janet Anderson and Greg Pope, Rossendale and Hyndburn's MPs at The House of Commons.

The meeting was a great opportunity to update the MPs on the work of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation since they last met when they all attended the meeting with the Justice Minister, Jack Straw. They explained that Mr Straw had been very impressed with how Sylvia had presented the Foundation and S.O.P.H.I.E campaign.

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