Hundreds take part in Hollie Gazzard remembrance walk

Hundreds of people take part in a charity walk in remembrance of Hollie Gazzard.

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Hollie's family lead remembrance walk

Hollie's family have set up a charitable trust following her death Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Walk to raise funds for new charitable trust

Money raised will go towards a new charitable trust Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Cakes and sweets donated to the event will be sold to raise funds. Credit: ITV News West Country

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A walk for Hollie

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.

Family release statement

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.

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.

– Gloucestershire Constabulary
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