Birmingham fundraiser walks 186 miles for late King’s Heath friend

A business owner from Birmingham is now taking on the challenge of a lifetime in memory of a late King’s Heath Youth and Community worker and to raise money for a local charity.

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Boydi gets underway his 186 mile walk


Neil Emery, founder of school technology company Trilby TV, is now

on day six of his eight day, 186 mile walk from Birmingham Gas Street Station to Guildford to raise money for the Matt Kendall Foundation.

Neil, known as ‘Boydi’ to his friends, has already raised over £1,500 in sponsorship for his epic walk along the Grand Union Canal.

Walking an average of 25 miles a day between the two places Matt called home,  Neil’s toiled through pouring rain and bursting blisters.  But he’s determined to finish as a testament to his old friend who set up the grant-giving charity just days before he died from oesophageal cancer, aged just 35.

He said:

“I’m a bit broken but I’ll get there! I’m doing this in honour of Matt – and to raise money for the young people of Birmingham that so desperately need some support to buy even the simplest things that we all take for granted.

Some young people don’t even have the money to get on the bus to get to the job interview or the clothes to wear at that interview.  Some people don’t have even a few pounds to buy the equipment they need to learn a trade.

Birmingham’s population is young, and without charities like the Matt Kendall Foundation providing financial support, there’s little hope for some to work their way out of poverty, even if they have the talent and the passion.  That’s just not right in this day and age and why, alongside a tribute to Matt, I’m putting myself through this.

It is a really worthwhile thing to do but would welcome everyone’s support to get me through the final few days!”

The ‘Great Canal Walk’ is just the latest in a series of major fundraising activities Neil has undertaken in aid of the Matt Kendall Foundation. Last year saw Neil organise  the world-wide tour of a Gibson bass guitar, which collected over 50 autographs from the music industry and raised over £1600 at auction.

People can follow Neil’s progress on the Matt Kendall Foundation Facebook page or by following him on Twitter @neilemerydotcom

Donations are welcome at  and anyone is welcome to join him to walk a few miles or a few days.


For more information, please contact Clare Abbotts, Trustee and Head of PR, on 07875 238555.

Neil is available for interview on request.