A SUPPORT worker from Earlston recently enjoyed tea with The Queen.

Bernie Adams was invited to Her Majesty's Garden Party at Holyrood Palace earlier this month.

The homecarer was nominated for the honour after her dedication last year to reach her clients during the Beast from the East storms.

During the worst of the weather, Bernie stayed in Greenlaw’s sheltered housing complex to make sure that her service users continued to get the help they needed.

She also rallied support from the local community to help clear the roads of snow so that an ambulance could get through for a client who urgently needed to get to the Borders General Hospital for dialysis treatment.

Bernie said: “It was an absolute honour to be there in the presence of the royal family and to be able to see so many of them in person, including Her Majesty, The Queen.

"The weather was just perfect and my husband and I had a fabulous day and came away with some great memories.

“I'd like to say a huge thank you to the person who nominated me for this very special occasion.

"Also, a sincere thanks to the amazing people in Greenlaw who rallied round to help at such a difficult time. It really was a team effort and everyone involved deserves credit.”

During the Garden Party in Edinburgh Bernie, along with her husband Ronnie, saw several members of the royal family including Her Majesty The Queen, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Philip Barr, SB Cares Managing Director, added: “Bernie thoroughly deserves this recognition.

"She is a great example of how much our staff truly care about delivering our services to the vulnerable in our community and I’m delighted that she enjoyed her day.”