Employees from the Borders office of Independent Living Services (part of Mears Group) have raised £475 from a fundraising coffee morning, and the money has been split between two local charities - The Lavender Touch and Callum's Trust. Cheque presentations were made to both charities this month.The Lavender Touch is a charity which raises funds to help support people with cancer living in the Scottish Borders. Callum's Trust is a charity which supports lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma patients in the Scottish Borders.Maggie Shaughnessy, service manager for ILS in the Borders, said: "We would like to thank everyone who supported our charity coffee morning in December and helped to make it such a resounding success. We are particularly grateful to the local businesses in Galashiels, Peebles and Selkirk who donated raffle prizes. Thanks also to the Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade, who dropped in for a visit and kindly brought one of their fire engines for the children to see, and to Santa who delivered gifts for the children."Malcolm Speirs from Lavender Touch, said: "Many thanks to staff, support workers and service users for raising this money for us. We are very grateful as this will allow us to give a number of treatments to people living with cancer in the Borders."Audrey Finney from Callum's Trust, said: "We would like to thank the fundraisers at ILS for their generous efforts which resulted in raising £237.50. This will go a long way towards helping those who are experiencing difficult times in their lives following a cancer diagnosis. We recognise that we have shared aims in working to help those who need extra support, and it's good to see organisations working to support each other in this field."ILS is a major, long established provider of care across Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities. Services are also provided on a private basis to those who wish to augment the care they receive through the council, or have other requirements for support. The company provides care at home, predominantly for older people, but also for disabled adults, and support for children and families. It helps these people to remain within their own homes, and will assist with personal care, meal preparation, supervising a medication regime and other daily living tasks.ILS is part of the Mears Group, one of the UKs leading providers of home care and support services.