AN "amazing" young Scout leader who helped care for his dying Nan has received an Unsung Hero award from TV adventurer and survival expert Bear Grylls.

Chief Scout Bear honoured 20 "exceptional" young people from across the country at his third Unsung Heroes awards.

Matthew Pack, helps as a young leader at Beavers, Cubs and Scouts every week in Braintree.

The 18-year-old also work as a carpenter to earn money while going to college to study.

Matthew's Nan was diagnosed with cancer in 2021.

He had always been close to her, but managed to carry on as if nothing had changed, making her laugh and showing her love throughout the last six months of her life.

Matthew would look after her late into the night with his mum, and then get up for work or college early the next morning.

Bear said: "Matthew is never one to say no. He’s unbelievably reliable and always the first to volunteer.

"He’s a source of such strength to his family and is always caring, helpful and respectful. I know his future is bright as he becomes a leader and continues to be a great friend to all."

Matthew and the other winners each received £500.

He said: “I am so grateful to be receiving this award as it a great feeling to be recognised for the small things you give back.

"Being a Scout has given me confidence. Without my Scouting family and being surrounded by inspiring individuals every week I don’t think I would have had the urge to help others.”

The awards were held at the Bear Grylls Adventure centre in Birmingham where the winners could try activities such as scuba diving, archery and high ropes.

Bear told them: "Each year I am blown away by the sheer courage, strength and of course the ‘never give up attitude’ each young person showcases.

"You are what makes Scouting, you are real-life representations of what Scouting is and you are our true heroes.”