Happy Birthday Hollie

Hollie’s 21st birthday will be marked in a fundraising extravaganza.

The Churchdown hairdresser would have turned 21 on July 24 and despite her being murdered in February this year – they do not want it to go unmarked.

Dad Nick, a former Cheltenham Town Footballer, said:
“As with all the events we have done, we have wanted to celebrate Hollie’s life. There is no reason not to have a big event where we celebrate her being 21. She would have loved a big party and it was her intention to have one and we wanted to carry that on. It is a big occasion for us, like it is for any parent and whether Hollie is with us or not, a 21st is a massive part of anyone’s lives. We want to open it up to everyone who has supported us and all Hollie’s friends to enjoy. We hope that, as the community has always done, they will come and support the event.”

The event will raise cash for the Hollie Gazzard Trust, which has been set up in her memory.

So far the fund stands at nearly £30,000.

The event will see live music, a barbecue, pub games, a raffle, auctions and other entertainment including from a magician on the Saturday.

The Sunday will be more of a family event with Disney characters around, facepainting and more for children.

The weekend of celebrations will take place on July 26 and 27 at The King Teddy pub in Longlevens where Hollie worked.

The cash will go towards training for hairdressers in Gloucester, as well as supporting the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service.

Hollie was killed by her ex-boyfriend as she worked in Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Southgate Street.

Nick said he hoped the fund would pay for the charity to go into schools and talk to teenagers about domestic violence.

He hopes it will help them identify the factors that cause it and how to avoid it.

It will also pay to train counsellors to help those school children in Gloucester already in a situation and show them how they can get out of it.

For more information visit www.holliegazzard.org