GLOUCESTER, UK – Nick Gazzard cherishes the memories of his daughter Hollie, who tragically lost her life at the age of 20. Hollie was brutally attacked by her ex-partner, whom the authorities had failed to arrest. Reflecting on the devastating day when he received the news of her passing, Gazzard recalls the harrowing details and recounts the profound impact it had on him and his family.
The fateful day began with a knock at the door, and the heart-wrenching news that Hollie had been fatally stabbed at the hair salon where she worked. The shock and grief enveloped the family as they received the unbearable news of her passing at the hospital. The following days were shrouded in fear and uncertainty as they were escorted to a safe location due to concerns about the perpetrator still being at large.
As the 10th anniversary of Hollie’s death approaches, Gazzard is determined to make sense of what happened and to ensure that her story is used to prevent similar tragedies. He speaks with deep love and admiration for his daughter, reminiscing about her vibrant personality and the joy she brought to everyone around her.
Hollie’s relationship with her ex-partner had been tumultuous, with warning signs and troubling incidents that left her family deeply concerned. Despite their efforts to seek help from the police, the ineffective response and failure to recognize the severity of the situation resulted in a tragic and preventable loss.
In the wake of Hollie’s passing, Gazzard has become a vocal advocate for raising awareness about domestic abuse and coercive control. He channeled his grief into establishing the Hollie Gazzard Trust, dedicated to educating and supporting individuals affected by domestic abuse. The trust’s work includes promoting prevention tools and advocating for public awareness to help prevent similar tragedies from occurring.
Despite the immense pain and loss, Gazzard remains resilient and committed to honoring Hollie’s memory. His determination to create positive change and support others through the trust’s initiatives reflects his unwavering love for his daughter and the profound impact she continues to have on others.
Through his tireless efforts, Gazzard has demonstrated a remarkable strength and resilience in the face of unimaginable tragedy. His dedication to preventing similar tragedies and his unwavering commitment to keeping Hollie’s memory alive serve as an inspiring testament to the enduring power of love and compassion.