LLWR apprentices dug out their paintbrushes to help an Egremont homeless hostel, and volunteered their time and effort, without charge, for the cause.

The group of seven apprentices were tasked with painting areas of Calderwood House as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Their helping hands saved the shelter from having to give away much-needed money for the necessary paint work.

The LLWR employees didn't stop after painting the communal area and kitchen, and instead went on to apply their decorating skills to a suite sponsored by LLWR, and currently occupied by a previously homeless Armed Forces veteran who is now about to start work.

The hostel's manager, Steve Pettit, said: "Generous support from LLWR is helping us keep our doors open, and right now they are supporting us with a job that would cost quite a lot of money if it was being done by professional painters."

He continued: "The apprentices have paid attention to detail, and the job looks great. It's amazing how fast and efficient they've been, and they are also a very polite and well-mannered group."

Six of the apprentices joined LLWR in September 2018, and work in many different areas, including project management, project controls, and Operations and Departments Management.

LLWR's Apprenticeship Scheme Coordinator, Abbie Wright, said: "It's nice to be able to help Calderwood House and at the same time get our apprentices out of the office, doing something different. They are so enthusiastic and driven. They all work in separate parts of the business, so a day like this is also good for team building."