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£16,000 raised for the Hollie Gazzard Trust in memory of the Gloucester hairdresser

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

Hollie Gazzard

A WHOPPING £16,000 has already been raised by a trust set up in memory of Churchdown hairdresser, Hollie Gazzard.

The 20-year-old was killed as she worked in a Gloucester salon in February this year.

The Hollie Gazzard Trust was formally set up just weeks ago and has already raised an incredible amount of cash.

Its first major fundraiser saw around 700 people walked from Gloucester to Cheltenham last month.

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It proved such a success, her family want to make Hollie’s Walk an annual event.

Her dad Nick, a former Cheltenham Town footballer, said it was inspirational for the family.

The trust will help support, train and fund a young hairdresser in Gloucester each year, as well as support other charities, including Increase the Peace, which targets youngsters away from knife crime.

He said: “While we are devastated and can’t change what happened to Hollie, the funds raised will go towards worthwhile charities with the intention of helping others.”

Several other fundraisers are in the process of being planned at the moment.

Mike Hannis from the Gloucestershire-based 1 Rifles will be running 20 miles and cycling another 20 from the Beachley Barracks in Chepstow to the King Teddy pub, where Hollie used to work.

The 27-year-old Rifleman from Quedgeley was a friend of Hollie’s and is hoping to raise around £400 for the trust.

He said: “What Hollie’s family has done has been amazing - they have been so strong minded.

“When I heard what they were doing, I just wanted to do something for them. They will help change people’s lives.

“To have already raised £16,000 is just amazing of them.”

The event takes place on May 18, with the former Beaufort School pupil due to arrive at the Longlevens pub at around 1pm.

To sponsor Mike, pop into the King Teddy, or visit the Hollie Gazzard Trust’s fundraising page.

A quiz is also taking place at the same pub on May 14 at 9pm in aid of the charity and will include questions about Hollie as well as general knowledge.

A charity fun day is also taking place at The Bumble Bee pub at Waterwells Business Park in Quedgeley on Sunday, May 25 from 3pm.

Her former work colleagues at Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon will be holding a Summer Hollie Day on Sunday, June 1 from 10am to 4pm at the Southgate Street.

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