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Construction students support local charity and help Dorothy reach Kansas

Feb 16 2018

Tutor Martin Stain lends a helping handStudents from Dudley College’s Construction Apprenticeship Training Centre (CAT) have helped raise over £20,000 for patient care at Mary Steven’s Hospice by supporting the hospice to stage a charity performance of “The Wizard of Oz” pantomime. With only a week to go before the curtain was raised; Construction Tutors Martin Stain and Paul Jones were approached by the charity with an urgent request to help them stage the show by building some crucial props.

Along with Construction Apprentices from a number of local companies and Level 2 Carpentry students, staff sprang into action; sourcing materials and designing and building a number of items including a prison cell and scarecrow stand. All items were supplied to Brierley Hill Civic Hall ready for a dress rehearsal just a day before the show opened. With X Factor Series 7 finalist: Wagner starring as the Wizard the Pantomime was a huge success.

Thanking staff and students for their contribution Amanda Bowen: Deputy Head of Fundraising at Mary Steven’s said: “The fantastic support you have shown to our cause has been overwhelming. You are very talented and created some fabulous props that helped us to produce a show-stopping event which has been well received by our supporters and our local community. Your involvement has enables us not only to rise much needed funds but to raise awareness of the vital care we provide.”

Commenting on the activity College Principal Neil Thomas said: “ Responding to real life project briefs is a key part of the way in which students enhance their learning experience. We were delighted to support such a good cause and are thrilled the Pantomime helped to raise much needed funds for the Hospice.”