When Hollie Gazzard was horrifically murdered by a former partner in February 2014, her family wanted something positive to come out of their tragic loss. Hollie had experienced domestic abuse and stalking prior to being fatally stabbed at her place of work.
Hollie’s passion for life led her parents, Nick and Mandy, alongside her sister, Chloe, to form the Hollie Gazzard Trust in order to raise awareness of domestic abuse, stalking and knife crime, keep young people safe and strengthen our communities.
HGT helps reduce domestic violence through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships to schools and colleges. We also have our accredited training programme, Working Without Fear, which supports businesses and organisations in creating robust Domestic Abuse Policies.
We also campaign on issues such as coercive control, stalking and knife crime. We work closely with other charities and Police Forces around the country in raising awareness of all the issues that affected Hollie, and which sadly touch so many other lives.
In addition, HGT funds hairdressing, barbering and beauty training for young people who may not otherwise have the funds to study – Hollie was passionate about hairdressing and we enable others to follow their dream.
In 2015 HGT launched Hollie Guard, our free app which transforms your smartphone into an advanced personal safety device. All you need to do is shake your phone or tap the screen and you generate an alert, which automatically sends your location and audio/video evidence to your emergency contacts.
Hollie Guard, now downloaded by over 140,000 people, is recommended by many police forces across the country for those experiencing domestic abuse and stalking. Based on feedback, we have recently launched a new version of the app Hollie Guard 2, which gives improved functionality and features.
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.