Bernie Hollywood was born in 1959.
Educated at Campion School, Bernie went on to study Mechanical Engineering & Design at MOTEC Livingston University.
Bernie spent two years in the motor industry & then has worked in the financial sector for the past 35 years enjoying a successful career leading the Olympic London 2012 Team for his Banking Group & developing banking products that have secured thousands of pounds for UK charities throughout the UK.
In 1987 Bernie commenced his journey in philanthropy when he raised £200 for his late mother & father.
Over the past 35 plus years he has raised over £42 million pounds for UK & overseas charities. Achieved through creative corporate partnerships recognised, celebrated & awarded throughout the third sector.
He is an ambassador for Wallace & Gromit Children's Charity, 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.
Supports his own four Schools in developing areas of Kenya (Upendo Primary / Lucy Primary / Mutaruni High School) & Nepal High (Saraswati High School), along with four successful social enterprises within developing areas of Kenya too. Plus he raised thousands of pounds towards the development of his close friend Matthew Norton's Memusi Schools in Kenya & has also built the first solar powered computer classroom within the Rift Valley region.
He is an accomplished international motivational speaker, having spoken at the United Nations - New York & Kenya, The House of Lords & The House of Commons - UK, TEDx, Turing Talks - Edinburgh, Directory of Social Change - London, Henry Schein Inc - Madrid, American Express, Halifax Bank & Lloyds Banking Group Annual Conferences. He is a mentor, trustee of three charities & sits on the board of the School of Social Entrepreneurs - North West , World Merit , The Turing Trust & Goodbox.
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. 7 consecutive London Marathons in 7 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.
He is a keen rower & has ambitions competing at Masters Level for Grosvenor Rowing Club & Team GB.
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 across the planet in the UK, USA, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Spain & including 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 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine / World Health Organization producing a life saving snakebite app. Macaullay has a Bachelor of Science Degree 1st honours in Media Studies & Computer Science from Bangor University in North Wales & is a Marketing Manager for a Fintech Company based in Chester, UK.