Holly Lodge Centre Appoints Adrian Mills As Patron

British actor supports the educational charity in Richmond Park

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Mr. Mills trained as an actor and enjoyed a successful career on stage before turning to television, appearing on Play for Today, Brookside and – in what he calls his finest moment -- as the arch villain, Aris, in a Dr. Who series where he played alongside fellow Holly Lodge Centre patron, Peter Davison.

Adrian Mills (left) and Peter Davison, reunited as fellow patrons of the Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park after acting together in the long-running television series, Dr. Who.  Here on the Centre’s wheelchair-friendly nature trail.

image The Holly Lodge Centre was founded more than 20 years ago with the aim of providing groups of children and adults – particularly those with special physical and educational needs – a secure environment in which to benefit from the natural and historic wonders of Richmond Park.  The Centre is a charity with over 100 volunteers which benefits from a number of events as well as contributions from individuals and trusts.

“In addition to his many television, radio and acting duties, Adrian has taken the time to be an active supporter of and volunteer at the Holly Lodge Centre for several years,” said David Thomas, chairman of the Centre’s board of trustees.  “He has hosted our annual Christmas concert, a recent concert by the Chiswick Gospel Choir and has welcomed guests at our annual Victorian Picnic for students of local special needs schools,” Thomas added.  “We couldn’t be more delighted that Adrian has agreed to join our distinguished group of patrons and we look forward to his continued support of the Centre.”

“I’m delighted to accept the position as a patron of the Centre and will continue to do everything I can to spread the word about the work of such a fantastic place,” responded Mr. Mills.

Adrian Mills (left) and Peter Davison “mixing it up” in the Holly Lodge Centre’s Victorian pharmacy where children and adults, many with special educational or physical needs, learn about the Victorian heritage of Richmond Park and its surroundings.

For seven years Mr. Mills appeared on the BBC1 consumer programme, That’s Life with Esther Rantzen. Since then he has presented the talk show Central Weekend Live, reported for BBC viewer feedback programme Bite Back, appeared as a location reporter on Surprise, Surprise and more recently was a host on TV Travel Show.

Mr. Mills has presented numerous travel programmes for Television and is currently fronting programmes for the cruise company, Fred Olsen. He has recently hosted the highly successful AM Show on radio as well as continuing his long association as a contributor to LBC Radio. This year he has acted in a number of short films and serves frequently as host, presenter and after dinner speaker.

December 12, 2014

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