TWO Borders care homes have been celebrating success at the Scottish Care Home Awards 2020.

Kelso's Queen's House and Grange Hall, near Melrose, both scooped prizes after a virtual ceremony on May 14.

Queen's House triumphed in the category 'Care Home Service of the Year', while employee Louise McIntee won the 'Ancillary and Support Staff' gong.

A spokesperson for the home said: "We are delighted to announce that we are the winners of the Care Home Service of the Year Award for the second consecutive year!

"Our very own Lou McIntee also won the award for the Ancillary and Support Staff category.

"We are extremely proud of these achievements and would like to say thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support over the past year.”

Border Telegraph: Anna Maciaga, the manager of Grange Hall care home near Melrose, has won a national awardAnna Maciaga, the manager of Grange Hall care home near Melrose, has won a national award

Grange Hall manager Anna Maciaga won the 'Emerging Talent' award at the ceremony, hosted by singer Michelle McManus and Scottish Care's CEO Donald Macaskill.

James Mowbray is the director of Grange Hall, which is located off the A68 north of the Leaderfoot Viaduct.

Mr Mowbray said: "The matron left suddenly after 21 years when the pandemic hit and she [Anna] took the reigns under extreme circumstances.

"Not only did she keep the home running smoothly, she improved on a lot including developing relationships with the local communities and kept the care home COVID free to date."

The Scottish Care Awards are the "opportunity to recognise the workforce in this sector who work tirelessly day and night to provide care to individuals throughout the country and celebrate the achievements of clients and service users".

Nominations for the 2021 awards closed on May 24.