Sunday, November 4, 2007

‘I can bury my Sophie at last’ - News - Rossendale Free Press

‘I can bury my Sophie at last’ - News - Rossendale Free Press:

Heartbroken Sylvia, from Haslingden, had been warned back in September that it could be next year before she could hold her 20-year-old daughter’s final farewell.

But after finally getting the green light from the coroner, she is now planning for the funeral to be held on Monday, 12 November at 11am at Whitworth Civic Hall, with arrangements by Whitworth funeral director Frank Duffy.

It will be a humanist celebration of her life, led by Mrs Sue Davis, and friends of the former Haslingden High School pupil are invited to speak at the service to share their memories...

A memorial fund has been set up by Sophie’s family; it aims to provide a lasting legacy to raise awareness of other people’s cultures and to work towards a more tolerant, less violent society.

Donations can be made directly into the fund account at the Halifax in Bank Street, Rawtenstall (number 00458724); black memorial ribbons are also on sale from outlets across the Valley.

Black ribbon roses were sold at the Whitby Goth Festival last weekend in memory of Sophie Lancaster to erect a memorial bench and plaque there.

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