Bernie Hollywood was born in 1959.
Educated at Campion School, Bernie went on to study Mechanical Engineering at MOTEC & University Edinburgh.
Bernie spent two years in the motor industry & then has worked in the financial sector for the past 30 years in North America & the UK.
In 1987 Bernie commenced his journey in philanthropy when he raised £200 for his late mother & father who he lost to emphysema & cancer within six months of each other.
Over the past 29 years he has raised over £39.6 million pounds for UK & overseas charities. Achieved through creative corporate partnerships recognized, celebrated & awarded throughout the third sector.
He is an ambassador for Wallace & Gromit Children's Charity, Memusi Foundation, Save the Children & Barnardo's.
Bernie is the creator of "Merchant Giving" a ground breaking micro-donation service which connects business to charity & in doing so makes charities more sustainable.
He is an accomplished international motivational speaker, having spoken at the United Nations, House of Lords & House of Commons UK & TEDx, a mentor, trustee of two charities & sits on the board of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, World Merit & The Turing Trust.
Bernie has made films highlighting his charities needs collaborating with some of the UK's best producers with the BBC & ITN filming on location in Tanzania, Kenya, Costa Rica, Arctic, Antarctic, North & South America, Sahara, & throughout the UK.
Bernie's sporting achievements have included running 41 consecutive marathons in 20 days. He has completed over 150 marathons around the World. He has completed the Marathon Des Sables, a one hundred and sixty mile, six day, self sufficient race across the Sahara Desert. He cycled across America a journey of 3,000 miles in 14 days, from the UK to Africa & from Africa to the UK in 26 days raising funds to build new schools in Kenya.
Bernie is a World record-holder running the longest distance in 7 days & has received countless awards for his philanthropy over the last two decades. He received The President's Certificate of Appreciation from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for the millions of pounds raised for Barnardo's & The Honours Award for the millions raised for charities & in his home City of Liverpool UK.
Bernie was invested by Her Royal Majesty The Queen Head of the Commonwealth as an Ordinary Officer of the Order British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 for his services to charity.
Bernie plays the ukulele & has performed in Africa & the Sahara Desert. He formed the Worlds first visually impaired (blind) ukulele orchestra & invented the first ever music braille song sheets.
Bernie has two sons Lewis & Macaullay.
Lewis holds Masters in Computer Science from Liverpool University & is currently working for the World Health Organization producing a life saving app. Macaullay has just secured a Bachelor of Science Degree 1st honours in Computer Science from Bangor University in Wales.