Construction learners have helped raise £20,000 for Mary Steven’s Hospice by helping stage a charity performance of The Wizard of Oz.

Tutors at Dudley College of Technology’s construction apprenticeship training centre (CAT) were approached by the hospice to build props including a prison cell and a scarecrow stand with just a week to go until the show.

Staff and level two carpentry students at CAT worked together to gather materials and design and build the props in time for the show, which starred the one-time X-Factor finalist Wagner as the wizard.

“Responding to real-life project briefs is a key part of the way in which students enhance their learning experience,” said Neil Thomas, the college principal. “We were delighted to support such a good cause and are thrilled the pantomime helped to raise much needed funds for the hospice.”

“The fantastic support shown to our cause has been overwhelming. They are very talented and created some fabulous props,” added Amanda Bowen, deputy head of fundraising at Mary Steven’s.

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