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The Centre was officially opened in 1994 by Rolf Harris and became a charity in 1999. Since then the Centre has grown and flourished. On 15th June 2007 HRH Princess Alexandra agreed to become the Royal Patron of The Holly Lodge Centre.
HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, KG, GCVO
photograph - Hugo Burnand
A board of Trustees guide the business of the Centre, which is managed on a daily basis by a Centre Manager, Anna King. A Community Engagement Manager, Dr Pat Ealey, MBE works three days a week. These staff members are supported by an excellent team of volunteers, who help with a variety of things from office work and gardening to helping with visits.
Much support is also provided by The Royal Parks from staff through to the buildings the Centre occupies and facilities such as the dipping ponds, nature trail and bird hide in Pen Ponds plantation.
The Centre has patrons Peter Davison, Rolf Harris CBE AM, Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP. Mike Fitt OBE, Ben Shephard, Baroness Susan Kramer and TENORS Un LIMITED (Paul Martin, Jem Sharples and Scott Ciscon).
Rolf Harris CBE AM
Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP
Mike Fitt OBE
TENORS Un LIMITED
Baroness Susan Kramer
photo Rolf Harris: Chris Chistadoulu