Support service is honoured with a royal reception

Borders Carers Centre chairwoman Linda Jackson attends the Queen's Garden Party at Holyrood Palace.
Borders Carers Centre chairwoman Linda Jackson attends the Queen's Garden Party at Holyrood Palace.

The work of a Galashiels-based carers support centre was celebrated at a royal reception last week.

Borders Carers Centre chairwoman Linda Jackson and centre manager Lynn Gallacher were honoured with a royal reception at the Queen’s garden party at Holyrood House last Tuesday.

The centre supports more than 6,000 unpaid family carers of people with all types of illness and disability throughout the region and it is the first time the centre, established 22 years ago, has been recognised in such a way.

And for it’s ten staff the recognition is a huge achievement.

Linda said: “I was delighted that we were invited to the Royal Garden Party and pleased that the work of the Borders Carers Centre was recognised in this way. Caring on a daily basis can be a very stressful and difficult job, with little or no respite.

“Our carers’ liaison workers do a fantastic job of supporting and improving the lives of our local unpaid carers, emotionally, practically, financially and in securing them some much-needed respite.”