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Hopes high for huge turnout on Hollie Gazzard memorial walk

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Hollie Gazzard

COMMUNITY leaders hope more than 1,000 people will join in a walk to remember Hollie Gazzard.

The mayor of Gloucester, Chris Chatterton, is encouraging people to join in the charity walk to mark the life of the 20-year-old, killed earlier this month.

Pretty Hollie from Churchdown was stabbed as she worked at Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Southgate Street on Tuesday, February 18.

Hollie’s sister Chloe and some of her friends have already set up a charity walk that will take place in April to mark her life.

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It will raise money for a fund set up in the hairdresser’s name and raise money for future apprentices to train in that industry.

Less than a week after the charity walk from Gloucester to Cheltenham was set up for April 27 at 12.30, near than 850 people have pledged to take part.

The mayor is one of them and he wants to see at least 1,000 people marching to remember the popular and loved young woman.

He said: “I would encourage everybody to take part in this as it is a fantastic way to mark her life.

“Hollie’s death has really touched everyone in the city and when you see the photographs it is awful to think that a life has gone and it is someone so young.

“But the walk will be good for other reasons. We need to confront crime and change people’s attitude. I hope this will bring it to the forefront of people’s minds.

“We need this raised as an issue. It is something that it s a problem and more time and resources need to be put into combating it.

“Somebody has lost their life, and for it to be such a young life, is an absolute tragedy and it is imperative we address this.

“If you get 1,000 people then that is a starting point to get the message across.”

The walk will take place from the King Teddy pub in Longlevens where Hollie previously worked and has been set up via the Facebook group, Charity walk to remember the beautiful Hollie Gazzard.

The idea has captured the hearts of all that knew Hollie and many who never met her.

Her family have been praised by hundreds for finding the strength to set it up at such a difficult time.

Heidi Monnier wrote on the group’s page: “Never knew this beautiful young lady but I feel if anything positive is to come out of this tragedy then this must be it.

“As a hairstylist myself this is such a tribute to encourage others to have a career in the hairdressing industry. Well done for thinking of it at such a difficult time.”

Claire Reynolds added: “Great idea! I didn’t know Hollie but I , along with many other Gloucester residents, have been shocked to the core by what has happened and would like to help make a difference to other people’s lives in honour of poor Hollie.

“Her family are showing amazing courage by setting this up and to help the memory of their beautiful daughter live on! I’ll be there.”

Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty re-opened on Wednesday and dozens of flower bouquets remain in place outside.

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