LIFE || The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

You would think that in this day and age a person should be safe to walk down the street without having to fear for abuse or backlash from others.  You would also think that someones physical appearance is a reflection of them as a person.   The way a person does their hair, the clothes that they wear or how they do their make up is a matter of a personal style or taste.   To an extent,  we all judge, it’s built into human nature whether it be people or books, but a raised eyebrow is where it ends in the majority of cases.

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 collectable, limited-edition 30 inch vinyl – in Sophie’s favourite hue, purple.

Sylvia Lancaster comments:  “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.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger or so they say and that’s what I’m telling my reflection today.  What doesn’t kill you makes you colder, it seems to me that this is the price you pay if you want to be free. Because but once upon time I was a child, I was kind then I saw I had to find the dark.  And my innocence was left behind I had to try, had to fight, make a prison deep inside my heart.  Now I’m the invincible girl, don’t need you to save me from this world.  For nothing can hurt the unbeatable girl.  I’ll stand by the bridges I have burned.  Invincible girl.  What doesn’t kill you makes you wonder if its all the same.  It’s harder to love and so simple to hate.  It doesn’t scare me when he demons come out to play, I know their secrets, I know their pain.  I know that once upon a time there was a child but it died, had to harden to survive the dark. But although innocence is left behind you’ve gotta try, gotta fight for the beauty that’s inside your heart. I’m the invincible girl, pleas don’t try to save me from this world.  As much as it hurts, the unbeatable girl, I’m proud of the scars that I have earned.  Invincible girl, invincible girl, unbeatable girl.  Just try to hold on. Invincible girl.

The single is available to download now on iTunes and Amazon. Simply search Invincible Girl by Bad Pollyanna.

  • Abigail

    I remember this day as if it was yesterday! It’s so scary think this happened only 6 miles from me and that my other half lived a street away from these monsters! They’ve done so well with the foundation and keeping her memory alive.