Hundreds of friends and family of Hollie Gazzard walked from Gloucester to Cheltenham today to raise money for a charity in her name. The 22-year-old died from stab wounds while working at a salon in Gloucester. But today was about celebrating her life. Ken Goodwin reports.
The threat of rain didn't put of large numbers of people turning out in Cheltenham for Hollie Gazzard's remembrance walk. The Nicholas Gazzard, Hollie's father got the event underway:
A large crowd have joined the family of Hollie Gazzard in Cheltenham to take part in a remembrance walk. Since her death in February they have have set up a charitable trust in her name, to sponsor the training of young hairdressers and contribute towards the fight against domestic violence.
Speaking to ITV News the father of Hollie Gazzard said that today's walk is a day to celebrate Hollie and remember the 22 year old. Nicholas Gazzard told Ken Goodwin that although the day would be tinged with sadness they hope to keep it positive as well:
Her family have set up a charitable trust in her name, to sponsor the training of young hairdressers, and also to contribute towards the fight against domestic violence. Today friends and family will walk from Gloucester to Cheltenham to raise money for the trust.
Hundreds of people are gathering at the King Edward pub in Longlevens for charity walk in remembrance of Hollie Gazzard. Hollie died after being stabbed in the hairdressing salon where she worked in Gloucester.
The father of a young woman stabbed to death while at work in Gloucester has thanked the community for all their support after his daughter's death.
In his first television interview Nick Gazzard says people have raised thousands of pounds for a charity set up in her name. This weekend hundreds are expected to join a walk in her memory. Robert Murphy reports
The father of a hairdresser stabbed to death whilst at work in Gloucester has described his daughter as "massive in character and personality."
In his first television interview, Nicholas Gazzard has thanked the community for their support and donations to a charity set up in Hollie's name.
This weekend hundreds are expected to join a walk in her memory. Mr Gazzard told our Gloucestershire correspondent, Ken Goodwin, that he hopes the charity funds will help train hairdressers in the region.
A statement has been released on behalf of the family of Hollie Gazzard:
Hollie is our daughter and was a beautiful, happy and loving girl. She was full of life and we are very proud of her. She was at the beginning of her life and to have it taken away in this manner is very hard to bear. Everybody she came in contact with loved her, enjoyed her company, her happy nature and her sense of fun. The world has lost a treasure, she was so loved by all her family and friends and the brightest star in their lives has now gone out.
– Gloucestershire Constabulary
The only comfort we have at this time is that Hollie is now free and at peace and that no harm can ever come to her, as she lives with the angels in heaven.
We are grateful for all the support of our family and friends and would like to express our thanks to the medical staff who tried so hard to save Hollie and to the police for their sympathetic and understanding care. We would ask the media to respect our privacy and allow us time to come to terms with our loss.