A 10-YEAR-OLD scout who was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run has received well wishes and gifts from celebrities and even an astronaut.

Alfie Watts, who was injured in a collision in Saltney earlier this year, has just been released from hospital.

He has since received well wishes and gifts from Chief Scout Bear Grylls as well as Scout ambassadors Steve Backshall, Warwick Davies and Julia Bradbury.

Chester and District Standard:

Alfie Watts with Richard Hebden, Flintshire District Scout Commissioner. Photos provided by Flintshire Scouts

He also received a video message from Scout ambassador and astronaut Tim Peak.

Alfie was also recently paid a visit by Flintshire District Scout Commissioner Richard Hebden - who presented him with the gifts and told him how Bear and the Scout Ambassadors had heard about how well he was doing in his recovery and how impressed they were with him.

Inside the autographed gift bag Alfie found a number of items, including a phone case and some Bear Grylls camera glasses, which he was excited to try out.

Chester and District Standard:

Alfie Watts during his time in hospital

Mr Hebden said: "He is a great example of a young man and has all the values that make a great Scout, courage, positivity and the strength to win through adversity (with a big smile).

"I would love to say that his time as a Scout has molded him, but I think his parents have done a sterling job which makes ours so much easier.

"I look forward to seeing him back on his Scouting adventure again soon."

Alfie is slowly starting to get back to normal life, enjoying brief visits back to School and playing games online with his friends.

Chester and District Standard:

Alfie Watts receiving treatment at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool

His mum, Zoey Grundy, said: "It was really difficult when we first saw him in hospital because of all the noise and the bleeps, the only part of him we could touch was his hand, at first he was paralysed down one side, and was in a coma for a week.

"But his superficial injuries healed really quickly which we took a lot of strength from, and he’s improving every day."

Saltney Ferry Scout Leader Robert Benyon, where Alfie attends, said: "At the start of this year Alfie’s family and our group were absolutely devastated by the news that one of our Scouts had been seriously injured. "Alfie has been in Scouting since he was six and has hardly ever missed a meeting since.

Chester and District Standard:

"We are all so proud of how well he’s recovered so far, and our thoughts have been with him throughout this year.

"He’s one of the bravest lads ever to be part of our group, and we all hope he continues his amazing recovery."