A BIG-HEARTED scout is doing his bit to help the public as they paid their respects to the Queen.

Fraser Childs from Southend is one of the 120 scouts supporting the lying-in-state of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall in London.

He is joined by Chloe Hooper and Edward Middleton from Rayleigh

More than a hundred Scouts aged between 18 and 25 from across the UK have joined volunteers from Samaritans to offer help where it is needed.

These volunteers are on hand to assist members of the public wanting to pay their respects and to help keep them safe.

Fraser, 20, and Chloe will be volunteering in shifts with the other Scouts in Victoria Tower Gardens to direct members of the public.

It comes as the scouts, which was founded in 1907, remembers its special relationship with the crown.

Scout volunteers were on hand to support the Queen's coronation more than 70 years ago and those joining the Scouts pledge to do their duty to the Queen and follow in her selfless service.

Fraser said: "It's an honour to represent UK Scouting at this historic event that's going to be broadcast across the world.

"I made a promise to the Queen, so it's humbling to be able to play a part in her final act."

At present, there are more than 638,000 people involved in UK Scouts.

The highest award in Scouting was the Queen's Scout Award, now the King's Scout Award, and is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges.

Since the Queen's Scout Award began, over 100,000 of these awards have been presented to scouts over the years.

Chloe said: “It’s an honour and privilege to be able to help out in this historic event. 

"I made my promise to do my duty to Her Majesty the Queen and it’s humbling to be able to do that one final time by helping out with the lying-in-state process. I’m extremely proud. 

Edward added: “I’m so proud to be selected for this historic event. 

"I’m living my promise of doing my duty to the Queen. I’m sure it will be very emotional”