When Hollie Gazzard was horrifically murdered in February 2014, her family wanted something positive to come out of their tragic loss. Hollie’s passion for hairdressing led her parents, Nick and Mandy, alongside her sister, Chloe, to form the Trust in order to give opportunities to others that she had been fortunate to have. An application was made to the Charity Commission in April that same year and the Hollie Gazzard Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) was created.
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 the Hollie Gazzard Trust 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.
Hollie Gazzard Trust
We are a Gloucestershire based charity with a nationwide reach.
Following the murder of Hollie in 2014, Nick Gazzard along with wife Amanda and daughter Chloe, set up the charity to offer support that was sadly lacking for Hollie. Hollie had suffered from domestic abuse, violence and stalking in the time leading up to her death and tackling these issues is at the forefront of the work we do.
What we do
In Businesses and Organisations –tailor-made CIPD programmes designed to help organisations recognise what domestic violence and stalking is, the implications and help them respond appropriately so that staff are protected. ‘Working Without Fear’ will help staff understand the individual challenges they may face regarding staff wellbeing.
In Schools, Colleges, Universities – provide workshops to educate young people on topics such as understanding healthy relationships, stalking, coercive control and general assembly presentations. We believe educating young people on these topics is an effective way to promote healthy relationships later in life.
Hollie Guard – we have developed an app which once downloaded turns your smartphone in to a personal safety device. With circa 150,000 downloads, Hollie Guard has become a go-to tool for police forces and other domestic abuse charities up and down the country to help victims of domestic abuse and stalking feel safe. In 2020, Hollie Guard Extra was launched offering a 24/7 monitoring service. This provides direct access to a dedicated emergency response team who are fully equipped to assess your situation and are trained in appropriate escalation procedures. We also have Hollie Guard Business designed to keep your staff safe. Download Hollie Guard via your app store or visit www.hollieguard.com
Advice and Support – we’ve created various packs and programmes to support not only victims of domestic abuse and stalking, but also for their friends, family and colleagues. The abuse suffered can be far reaching so taking this advice on how to help someone in an abusive relationship could make all the difference.
How you can get involved
We would love to engage with individuals and businesses to help raise funds and awareness.
This is how you can help:
- Work with us as your ‘Charity of the Year’ and engage your employees in a year-long camaign
- Undertake fundraisers on behalf of the charity e.g. cake sales, sponsored runs etc.
- Volunteer your time to help us deliver our services.
- Raise awareness by engaging with us on social media and sharing our content.
- Obtain Hollie Guard Business to keep your staff safe.
We understand that domestic abuse, violence, and stalking can be difficult topics to address. That is why we are open to having these discussions to pave the way for victims to reach out. We are linked to many local and national organisations so offer signposting to specific services where required.
If you are interested in holding any fundraising activities, please contact Klara Sudbury, Fundraising Manager on: [email protected]
The official charitable objectives are:
For the public benefit to advance the education (including social and physical training) of people (under the age of 25) in such ways as the Charity Trustees think fit, including:
- Awarding to such persons scholarships, maintenance allowances or grants to support them at any University, College, or any institution of Higher, or Further Education, whether full or part time.
- Supporting young people in their education to prepare for entry to any occupation, trade or profession on leaving any educational establishment.
- To further such purpose, or purposes, which are exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales in such manner as the Trustees in their absolute discretion think fit.
To fulfill this, we have the following aims:
Helping Talented Young People
We work alongside Gloucestershire College to support students that face many different challenges.
Delivering Healthy Relationship Education
We help educate young people about the importance of healthy relationships and to identify signs of potential abuse.