The family of Transworld senior publicity manager Sophie Christopher are raising money for two charities to continue her legacy, following her sudden death at the age of 28.
Christopher, co-founder of The FLIP, died on 3rd June leaving the publishing world shocked and sparking a string of tributes from leading figures to their “dazzling” colleague. Her funeral was held this week.
Her death was originally thought to have been caused by an aneurysm but the cause of death was later given as a bilateral pulmonary embolism caused by DVT.
Now her family and boyfriend Tim have launched an online fundraising page for two organisations. Christopher worked with the first, Beyond The Streets, a charity working directly with women to end sexual exploitation, while promoting The Five by Hallie Rubenhold (Doubleday). The second, Real Action, works with disadvantaged people to improve literacy.
Friend James Mundy told The Bookseller: “Sophie's family have picked two charities that reflect Sophie's passions and the issues she cared deeply about. To share her love of reading, Brenda, Steve and Kate chose Real Action - a specialist education charity working to transform the lives of people from underprivileged communities through literacy.
“Helping to empower and raise up other women was also hugely important for Sophie. For that reason, Beyond the Streets, a charity working to end sexual exploitation, with whom Sophie worked with while promoting Hallie Rubenhold's book earlier this year, was an easy choice."
By 9am on Friday morning (5th July), the page had raised nearly £2,500. A website has also been set up in her memory.
Christopher was posthumously named as a Bookseller Rising Star today, with her family’s approval.