Olympic Torchbearer To Shine

An inspirational Wirral man who has raised thousands of pounds for charity has told of his honour to be chosen to carry the Olympic Flame through Liverpool.

Bernie Hollywood from Bromborough raises money for the Wallace & Grommit Children's Foundation, helping out hospices like Claire House.

Bernie Hollywood in his Olympic uniform

Bernie was nominated by a colleague without his knowledge and found out last year that he will carrying the torch.

It really came as a big shock.. I'll be carrying it on Edge Lane in to Liverpool which will be a wonderful occasion for me and every person who's supported me over 30 years. - Torchbearer Bernie Hollywood

The Olympic Torch

He was speaking to presenter Steve Evans, who was nominated himself to carry the torch. Whilst Steve wasn't shortlisted, he will be a special ambassador at London 2012

After Friday's event, Bernie will keep his own torch and take it into schools to inspire youngsters.

Before that, Bernie is flying out to Nepal to climb Everest for Save The Children.