THREE scouts from the mid-Cheshire Hartford explorer unit have been awarded the Sue and Graham Shaw Trophy for their services over the past year.

The annual award is presented by the 1st Hartford Scout group in recognition of scouts who have gone above and beyond the call of scouting.

Tom Forbes, while attending the international jamboree in West Virginia, came across a mountain biker who had been seriously injured in a fall.

Using the skills he had learned as a scout, he provided first aid until paramedics arrived and ultimately saved the man’s life.

Rory Innes and Jonny Mullett were also rewarded for their work to keep beaver, cub scouts and scout meetings going since the country went into lockdown in mid-March.

Like many businesses, scouting has had to evolve quickly to continue to provide the traditional programme in a less traditional manner online.

Rory and Jonny demonstrated the nature of scouting by supporting five meetings a week – two beaver, two cubs and one scout – as well as participating in their own explorer meetings.

Group scout leader Graham Wallace said: “The Sue and Graham Shaw Trophy is awarded to the scout or explorer scout who has contributed the most to scouting in Hartford in the last year.

“This year, we have three explorer scouts who equally deserve this award.”

Rory, Jonny and Tom received their award during an online meeting, and simply said: “This is what scouts do.”

Scouting activities in Hartford are continuing, with many beavers, cubs and scouts actively participating in their weekly meetings.

They have also collectively earned more badges in any term so far that at any time in the memory of the section leaders.

If you are interested in joining beavers (ages six to eight), cubs (ages eight to 10) or scouts (ages 10 to 14) in Hartford, email Graham Wallace at