SELFIE-LOVERS are being urged to ‘Goth up’ and help raise cash in memory of Sophie Lancaster who was brutally murdered for being dressed as a goth.

As the ninth anniversary of the 20-year-old’s tragic death approaches tomorrow (Wednesday) Sophie supporters have started to get the #gothupforsophie hashtag trending by applying their darkest shades of make-up and posting a picture.


Mum Sylvia Lancaster has welcomed the support as she once more must faceone of the worst times of year that marks the anniversary of the tragic day her daughter was killed.

She said: “This is a hard time of year and I feel quite flat as we approach the anniversary of Sophie’s murder.

“But this campaign is wonderful and I am thankful to the organisers who continue to show support.

“The selfie enables young people to be themselves and it and really shows social media being used at its best.” Sophie and her partner Rob were attacked back in 2007 by teenagers Ryan Herbert and Brendan Harris in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup.

After her daughter died, Sylvia set up The Sophie Lancaster Foundation that focuses on creating respect and understanding for subcultures in the community.

So far the charity has raised £20,000.

“It’s really uplifting to see people taking part in the #gothupforsophie challenge.

“And it’s also a really fun way for people to express themselves exactly as they want,” added Sylvia..

The trend has started on Facebook and anyone can take part.

All you have to do your make-up dark and gothic, snap a pic and donate what you can by texting SOPH05£(your amount) to 70070.

Then post your picture to Facebook, copy and tag your friends so they can take the challenge.