THERE were chuckles and salutes all round when a famous comedy duo awarded a North-East Scout group with a Young Carers Charter.

1st Newton Aycliffe Scouts in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, are the first Scout group in the county to receive the award, which recognises efforts to support young carers in schools and other organisations.

And tonight (Monday, December 23), 20 excited Scouts gathered at Darlington Civic Theatre to receive the charter from children’s television legends, Barry and Paul Chuckle.

The Chuckle Brothers were about to go stage as the stars of this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, but were all too happy to spend time laughing and joking with the youngsters.

Scout leader Cath English said it had been a real treat for the children, adding: “It was a great experience for them. They have been very excited.”

The County Durham Young Carers Charter was introduced by the charity Family Action, in partnership with Durham County Council, County Durham and Darlington NHS and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

1st Newton Aycliffe Scouts caring approach and efforts to ensure young carers do not miss out on scouting opportunities by providing transport to meetings and being understanding out absences ticked all of the boxes.

Glenys Newby, of Family Action, said: “The Scouts have really gone the extra mile to make sure young carers don’t miss out on fun social opportunities because of their caring responsibilities. This deserves recognition.”