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It has been an incredibly busy October and November for us at Foundation.

Autumn at The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

October began with the Foundation welcoming Stacey Elder, a friend of Sophie, onboard as a full time member of staff. She will work as Sylvia's PA and in all other manner of roles as well ! It's brilliant to have her as the work of the charity just keeps on expanding !

We spent the first week working alongside Dr Stephen Minton from Trinity College University in Dublin, a specialist in anti-bullying education.

We went to work with a wonderful anti-bullying project in Bellmullet, Co Mayo on the wild west coast! Iorras le Cheile invited Sylvia and Kate to see the work they were doing in the community to make lives safer and happier.

On the first day there was a live phone in that reaches thousands of people, we met the primary school children who sang us their rap and Sylvia helped launch the Anti-Bullying Charter at the Community Arts Centre in the evening.

Our second day was spent in the two high schools, where Sylvia and Stephen did presentations and we demonstrated the SOPHIE education resource.

We moved across the country and arrived in Dublin where Sylvia gave an incredibly powerful presentation in the Education Department at Trinity College as a guest lecturer.

We met with Senator Ivana Bacik (who is also Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin) who is a member of Seanad Eireann (the upper house of the Irish parliament) on the Wednesday, and Sean Crowe TD, who is a member of Dail Eireann (the lower house of the Irish parliament) at government buildings. Ivana and Sean have invited presentations at some point in the future by Sylvia to Seanad Eireann and Dail Eireann respectively.

Within a week of our return, Sylvia was the guest speaker at the Hate Crime Conference held by the Police Service in Carmarthen, Wales. As a member of the Hate Crime Advisory Board her insight and perspective into the field of Hate Crime as Sophie's Mother is of great interest to professionals in the field.

Then it was a flying visit to Portsmouth University to lecture at the department of Criminology with Dr Nathan Hall, a specialist in Hate Crime, again, to a very appreciative audience.

We have worked with The Samaritans Charity in schools and Sylvia has been invited to be their guest speaker at their annual conference in the Spring. We are really pleased that larger charities are recognising the work we are doing and that they wish to work with us.

Our work in schools and colleges locally and nationally has stepped up and we have had very positive feedback and reports published about the impact that we are having in schools. The return trip to Lincoln forged even closer bonds and we will be back in January for The Holocaust Memorial Day event at Boston College.

And of course the Whitby Goth Festival was as brilliant as ever and we were delighted to meet up with old and new friends. Thanks to everyone who attended the SOPHIE night on the Thursday, it raised £600 just on the door ! Cheers as ever to Martin Oldgoth for all his loving support!

Sylvia and Kate were lucky to be guests at the Illamasqua Freak Ball and Stop Hate UK's Charity Ball and we met more people who support our work. It is a pleasure to work with you all!

Sophie's 25th Birthday was marked with hundreds of people uploading photos of 'Lights of HOPE' in Sophie's memory and in support of the work we do in her name.

A huge personal thank you from Sylvia goes to you all xxxxx