More than 80 people joined Hollie’s family and friends on the third anniversary of her death. Photos courtesy of Gloucestershire Live.
At 6.30pm on Saturday 18 February, a crowd began to gather on Southgate Street, Gloucester, just outside Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon, by the bench that’s dedicated to Hollie Gazzard. It was the third anniversary of Hollie’s murder.
Her parents, Nick and Mandy Gazzard, and sister Chloe, were joined by more than 80 family and friends who had come to remember her. The atmosphere was warm, despite the cool night air, as people were visibly moved by the memorial service. Reverend Kate Morgan led a prayer, specially written for the occasion before Nick Gazzard asked the crowd to join in a two-minute silence to remember his daughter at 6.51pm – the time Hollie died.
Nick thanked the crowd for their continued support. “It’s immensely humbling,” he said. “I miss Hollie every single day…the thousands of messages of support we receive makes a big difference to us. Hollie was loved by so many people and we would like to thank them all for continuing to show how much they care.”
The Hollie Gazzard Trust is continuing its work in the domestic abuse and stalking arena with a Stalking Conference in April 2017, the appointment of an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC) for Gloucestershire and further rolling out of the Working Without Fear programme.