Nick Gazzard was rushed to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on the morning of Friday May 8 after suffering a stroke.
The father of Hollie Gazzard was taken straight into the ICU unit at the hospital and has since undergone treatment and therapy for his condition.
Alison Hook has been the chairman for the Hollie Gazzard Trust since 2019.
Nick is already starting to feel better and is now back home with his wife and family. He owes his life to the dedicated and quick action of his wife and the NHS. The Hollie Gazzard Trust will continue to operate as usual and will continue to support those currently suffering with domestic abuse, stalking issues and coercive behaviour.
During lockdown there has been a spike in those contacting the trust about abuse as well as downloading the app, HollieGuard, which has recently been relaunched. Nick has asked us all to continue his good work and this is what we will continue to do so please get in touch if are having any problems and continue to support the trust; it is a difficult time for charities as well with little fundraising able to take place.
Our thoughts are with Nick and his family at this time while we continue to work and support those that Nick set the trust up for.
Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin, from Cheltenham, on February 18, 2014 outside Fringe Benefits, Southgate Street, the Gloucester salon where she worked.
Days earlier she had dumped him after months of “obsession, jealousy and a campaign of harassment”.
She was just 20 when she died.
In moments after Hollie’s death, Nick – who had been on the receiving end of death threats from Maslin – and his family had to go into hiding at a police safe house.
In the gut-wrenching weeks after her death, Nick decided the best way to honour Hollie’s memory was to stop others becoming the victims of stalkers.
He said: “Within a couple of weeks I realised I’ve got to do something. I can’t let Hollie, who had that drive and the ambition, down. I need to be able to use Hollie’s story to help other people.”
For Nick, and other family members he wants to make sure that young people don’t “go through what we went through. That’s the driving force,” he said.
The Trust has also been behind the HollieGuard app, which allows anyone who is being stalked to stay safe.
The free app sends a video and a message to emergency contacts when it is activated and the phone shaken.
HollieGuard is available on Apple and Android operating systems. For more information visit www.hollieguard.com while the Hollie Gazzard Trust can be found at holliegazzard.org and on social media channels.
The former Cheltenham Town footballer said the success of the app is a vital way of showing how successful Hollie’s legacy is, in an area where it is difficult to see the benefits of the charity.
Nick made 45 appearances for the Robins in total, scoring 14 goals between 1983 and 1987 before a knee injury curtailed his career.
In February this year Cheltenham Town created a little piece of club history when they played in a special all-white kit in their League Two home gate against Leyton Orient.
The Hollie Gazzard Trust is the club’s charity partner for the 2019/20 season and a series of events had been planned.
Inside the neck of the shirt was one of Hollie’s favourite quotes: “Smile often, think big”.