A GROUP of carpentry students built a stage for charity festive shows.

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London students’ hard work meant that Radiomarathon was able to host A Night at the Musicals on Thursday December 7.

Sally Trevette, a centre attendee, said: “It’s very exciting being on the stage. I feel more confident.

“It makes me feel like a star.”

Carpentry and joinery students Joshua Gudgeon and Lystra Greaves took part in the project.

Joshua, 17, said: “Working on the stage has helped me to develop my skills and experience.

“It was our first build and we were learning things each day as a team we worked well.

“It’s also been nice to help disadvantaged people in the community, and great seeing their reaction and how happy they all were and knowing we’d done a good job.”

Lystra, 17, added: “It’s helped them and it’s helped us.

“We got the experience of working on the project, and they are reaping the rewards of using the finished stage.

“One of the guys at the centre said it would definitely not have got done if we hadn’t helped.

“It’s great to know that we made a difference.

“They were smiling before, but now they’re beaming.”

The college intends to send construction more students to Radiomarathon so they can gain work experience.

Clifford Tolliday, centre manager at Radionmarathon, said: “The stage has really transformed drama for everyone who comes to the centre.

“It’s a really big deal for them.

“They absolutely love it.

“Every lunchtime someone wants to get up on stage and sing a song.

“What the students at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have done for us is amazing.

“The professionalism was overwhelming and we’re so grateful that they have done this for us, and want to say a big thank you to them all.”