CARERS in Galashiels are doing their bit to brighten up Christmas for the youngest and oldest generations.

Not only have staff at Mears been collecting for Mission Christmas to help provide gifts for the least fortunate children, but they're also sparking some goodwill around the communities where they work.

A dress down day at the Mears office in Gala helped raise £165 for Cash for Kids.

And workers also collected plenty presents to drop off at Radio Borders to further boost the regional fundraiser.

Service manager Karyn Davie told us: "The team at Mears in Galashiels has been the drop off point for Cash for Kids presents for Radio Borders this year and we have had a really good response from staff.

"We also raised £165 for them with our staff dress down days on Fridays."

The Christmas spirit hasn't just been restricted to the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal.

Staff have also been making up festive hampers for the elderly service users they care for.

And they have also been encouraging neighbours of the pensioners to play their part.

Karyn added: "As we head into a very cold winter, we will be constantly out and about doing our care at home support work, no matter the weather.

"But we would encourage you all to look out for neighbours and those less able, who may be living alone and would appreciate a bit of extra help or company.

“Community support is even more important in dark winter days, and isolation can be a very difficult factor for many people.

"Everyone gets busy with preparation for Christmas and celebrations for New Year.

"Some regular activities go on hold over the holiday period which can make some people feel even more isolated. ”