CALL centre managers swapped suits for overalls to give a charity's base a makeover.

Ten managers from London Electricity (LE) Group's Doxford Park call centre, in Sunderland, helped paint the North East Refugee Service's (NERS) new premises in Hendon.

The organisation provides services for asylum-seekers arriving in Sunderland, helping to settle them into the area and providing further help and advice when they receive refugee status.

James Davies, customer relations manager at LE Group, which supports charities through its Helping Hands scheme, said: "NERS provides a valuable service in helping vulnerable members of society who have fled war or persecution in other countries.

"Through providing hands-on support to improve facilities at the centre, we hoped to play a small role in helping refugees rebuild their lives and become an integrated part of society."

Dr Mohammed Nasreldin, manager of Sunderland NERS, said: "The work of London Electricity Group has helped us provide a pleasant office environment for our clients, many of whom arrive with just the clothes they stand in and exhausted after their long journeys."