A SCOUTS leader who was presented a prestigious award for his 10 years of service, passed away a day after receiving his recognition.

John Collins, from Bracknell, was recognised by the district commissioner for South Berkshire Scouts for his 10 year dedication to the local scouting movement.

The Cub Scout leader for 2nd Easthampstead Scout Group received the prestigious award for his long service to the Scouting association.

Graeme Thompson, District commissioner for South Berkshire Scouts, said: "It was an absolute pleasure to come to the Hospice and present the award to John.

"It was very well deserved after almost 10 years serving as Cub Scout Leader for 2nd Easthampstead Scout Group.

John had been cared for by Thames Hospice Berkshire just before Christmas, when he had received his scouts honour visit.

He passed away the day after receiving the certificate on December 13, and his family paid a tribute to his service to the community.

Tammy, John's daughter, said: "My dad loves his cubs scout group.

"He would do anything and spend so many hours making up amazing games and activities for the cubs to do each week.

"Dad enjoyed every minute working for the Scouting Association and would not have changed anything for the world."