A LAUDER window cleaner has taken matters into his own hands to spruce up road signs across the Borders.

Jamie Simpson, who owns J Simpson Cleaning Services, was fed up with the poor state of the entrance signs to several villages and towns which were covered in grime and dirt, and decided to take action.

Since launching his clean-up campaign nearly two weeks ago in Greenlaw, he hopes more people across the Borders will take pride in their local communities.

Jamie told the Border Telegraph: “I just wanted to give something back to the communities that I work in.

“It does my head in driving past them.

“I started my ‘Clean up the Borders campaign’ one Saturday morning a fortnight ago with another lad Reiss Robson who works part time for me while studying at college.

“So far, I’ve cleaned a number of signs in St Boswells, Melrose, Darnick, Tweedbank and Earlston, and had some great feedback from locals.

“To all my regular windows customers in Darnick and Melrose, this is my way of thanking them for their continued support in helping us achieve what we’ve set out to do.

“But we’ve not finished just yet, my ‘Clean up the Borders Campaign’ plan is to get all of the road signs done in my catchment area.

“Next up, I’m planning on heading to Newtown, Gordon, Lauder, Oxton, Westruther and Galashiels to clean the signs there.”

The 26-year-old has also signed up to take part in the Great North Run, and hopes to raise plenty of money for disabled and disadvantaged children in the Borders.

All of the funds will go to the charity Cash for Kids after he completes the 13-mile half marathon in September.

To make a donation, go to: www.cashforkidsgive.co.uk/campaign/radio-borders-great-north-run-2018/fundraisers/jamie-simpson/