Determined and Inspirational
Hollie was a determined and successful individual, a true inspiration for others, loved, by her family and friends and highly regarded by colleagues and clients alike. Hollie was vibrant, fun, vivacious, talented and beautiful. She is sadly missed by all who knew her.
Hollie loved sports and took part in football, athletics, gymnastics, Jujitsu and horse riding and went on to represent Tewkesbury Borough at tag rugby at Millfield School. Like her dad, Nick, she was an avid Manchester United fan and visited Old Trafford to watch them play. While fashion, style and beauty were of great interest Hollie’s true passion was for hairdressing. During her time at Chosen Hill School, she undertook work experience at Stuart Holmes Hairdressing in Cheltenham.
Starting a career
Hollie worked as a general assistant at Camping de Courte Vallee, a holiday site in Airvault, France, before launching her career as a hairdresser. She decided that she wanted practical experience, so gained an apprenticeship at House of Clive, Reflections, in January 2010. It was while here that Hollie attended Reflections Training Academy in Bristol taking NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and winning the first year learner silver award.
Travelling further afield
In November 2012, Hollie gained a place at Steiner Training Academy in London. Before she started her new position in March 2013, she accepted a job at Zest Bar, where her outgoing character and bubbly personality were well suited to the role. In the spring of the following year, Hollie joined Steiner and spent five weeks training before being allocated a position on Carnival Line in the Bahamas. Despite a love of travel, working on board a ship wasn’t for Hollie and she returned to London where she joined The Edge Hair & Beauty in Edgware.
Working and living in London became expensive and Hollie made the decision to return to Gloucester in August 2013. She found a position at Fringe Benefits & Le Belle Hair and Beauty in the city where her flair and creativity made her popular with her colleagues and clients. In addition, she joined her sister, Chloe, at the King Teddy in Longlevens, Gloucester where she worked part time behind the bar.
In February 2011, Kye, a pedigree Pomeranian became a huge part of Hollie’s life. Kye suffered profound loss at her death and remains at the heart of the family. As a treasured pet, he provides a strong link to Hollie and might be just a teeny bit spoilt!
Hollie’s vibrancy brought light.
Hollie’s happiness brought joy.
Hollie’s presence brought friendship.
The future brings hope!
Hollie’s story has touched the hearts of many. Her family and the Trust want to turn tragedy into something positive, providing a safer future for all, just as Hollie herself would have done. The possibilities are endless…