Power workers downed their tools and grabbed their paint brushes during a day of volunteering at an animal home.

Employees from UK Power Network’s design teams in Colchester and Bury St Edmunds have helped add a new colour to a training room at the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home at Thorley Farm, Wethersfield.

The volunteers also got the chance to meet some of the dozens of animals at the farm, who are all in desperate need of new owners.

Danaher’s assistant manager Karen Joyne said: "It was fantastic to have a team from UK Power Networks to help with our latest project, a refurbishment of our training room.

"The room is essential for hosting meetings and hosting training courses for the team. The room is now finished and looks wonderful. We’d be delighted to have them again next year. A big thank you to UK Power Networks for all their help."

UK Power Network’s design clerk Lauren Talbot added: "We were all extremely grateful to the Danaher Animal Home for allowing us to volunteer.

"This is a great cause and we are all looking forward to perhaps going back next year.

"Many of us would volunteer for this animal home again in a heartbeat as they have admirable principles that touch our hearts as animal lovers."