Hollie Gazzard Trust receives £1,000

The team behind the Hollie Gazzard Trust are celebrating after receiving £1,000 from Vodafone.

The charity collected the Vodafone Community Connection Award on Tuesday – after the Northgate Street store nominated them.

Thanks to the £1,000 award the charity can continue helping youngsters whose lives have been affected by violence and domestic abuse, offering a structured programme of group support and counselling.

The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up in 2014 by Nick Gazzard in memory of his daughter Hollie, who was tragically killed by a violent partner.

As well as helping victims, the charity supports the Increase The Peace (ITP) project, diverting young people away from anti-social behaviour, crime and gang association in Gloucester.

They’ve also recently launched a personal security app called ‘Hollie Guard’, once downloaded it turns a smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button.

Mr Gazzard said: “The Hollie Gazzard Trust is delighted to receive the Vodafone Community Connection Award in Gloucester.

“It is always very humbling when people from the local community recommend us for an award and it is very poignant that the store is just a stone’s throw from where Hollie worked and lost her life.

“We are really grateful for this award and would like to thank all the staff at the Gloucester store. The money will be put towards Hollie’s Young People Programme, helping those in need in the Gloucester community”.

Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards launched in 2014 and have already made a difference to more than 45 local communities across the UK.

Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been used to help support everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities to take part in sporting activities.

Mark Wolstencroft, manager of the Vodafone store in Gloucester, said “We’re so pleased to be giving our Community Connection Award to the Hollie Gazzard Trust – the charity does some amazing work in our area, helping vulnerable young people and working to make it an even safer place”.