Thursday 27th February Ageas UK will be raising money to support Hollie Gazzard Trust for our charity collection.
There will also be a bake sale in the Commercial Underwriting area on the ground floor.
The Trust was created following the murder of 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard in 2014 by an ex-partner. The Hollie Gazzard Trust supports young people and charities fighting domestic abuse and anti-knife crime and helps reduce domestic violence through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships to schools and colleges. In addition, it funds hairdressing training for young people who may not otherwise have the funds to study – Hollie was passionate about hairdressing and HGT enables others to follow their dream.
While Hollie’s family are still devastated by her untimely death, and unable to change the events of that fateful day, they hope that the funds raised through HGT will help others find a better future and reach their potential. The Trust relies on the generosity of the individuals and companies that support it and hold a number of official fundraising initiatives each year.
A free app for smartphones has been designed to protect both men and women from possible danger. 'Hollie Guard' turns your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device at the touch of a button. If in danger simply shake your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order to attract maximum attention. From the moment Hollie Guard is activated, your location is tracked and can be viewed in real time by your emergency contact. Evidence is not stored on the smartphone but on secure servers so that it can be used as future as evidence. There is a cost to running the app and the charity is very stretched on funds. So all donations are gratefully received.
Ageas are very passionate about raising money for this charity and I volunteered to help raise money at the Cheltenham Town Football Club vs Leyton Orient game recently. This was a special game as CTFC debuted a new all-white kit in honour of Hollie and it was a privilege to see the people who volunteer on a regular basis and to see the impact this trust has had.