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Chel­tenham Town FC player Nick Gaz­zard re­turned to Whad­don Road at the week­end as the char­ity he set up was named the club’s Char­ity Part­ner of the Sea­son.

Nick played for Chel­tenham be­tween 1983 and 1987. He set up the Hol­lie Gaz­zard Trust after the mur­der of his daugh­ter in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

Hol­lie, 20, was killed in Glouces­ter in 2014 when her ex-part­ner stabbed her at the hair­dress­ing sa­lon where she worked.

Since then Nick has cam­paigned tire­lessly to make sure peo­ple are safe and tried to raise aware­ness of knife crime, stalk­ing, do­mes­tic abuse and abu­sive re­la­tion­ships.

Nick said: “This foot­ball club means a lot to me and my fam­ily and we are over the moon to be work­ing with them.

“One of the things we will be in­tro­duc­ing to the clubs play­ers and staff is Hol­lie Guard, the trusts per­sonal safety app that is now be­ing used all over the coun­try by var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Michael Duff, Chel­tenham Town man­ager said: “It is im­por­tant as a club that we sup­port lo­cal char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions with the work they are do­ing to ben­e­fit so­ci­ety, and the Trust does great work in ed­u­cat­ing oth­ers about the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, as well as tack­ling anti-so­cial be­haviour, stalk­ing and knife crime. I hope our fans can get be­hind our char­ity part­ners for the forth­com­ing sea­son.”

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