Daffodil dedicated to fallen Welsh soldier Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt
Image caption The Welsh Warrior daffodil is dedicated to Private Richard Hunt

A daffodil has been named the Welsh Warrior in honour of the 200th British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.

Private Richard Hunt, from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, of 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh, died in 2009, a week before his 22nd birthday.

The money from sales of the daffodil will fund a foundation set up by his mother to provide support to injured troops from Wales and their families.

The bloom will be on show at the RHS show in Cardiff in April.

Pte Hunt was caught in an explosion while on patrol in Helmand Province.

He was airlifted back to the UK but died in Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham.

His mother, Hazel Hunt, who appeared on on an ITV documentary Why Did My Son Have To Die?, said: "The aim of the foundation is to make sure Richard did not die in vain.

"As a proud Welsh warrior himself, Richard would love the idea of a daffodil being named in his honour."

The Welsh Warrior daffodil is being grown by Ron Scamp of Quality Daffodils and will be on show at the seventh annual RHS Show Cardiff is at Cardiff Castle 8-10 April.

RHS Shows director Stephen Bennett said he was sure the daffodil would be a popular attraction, with "the added significance of being in a very worthy cause".

Cardiff council cabinet member Nigel Howells said: "The daffodil is a worthy tribute to Richard and a very appropriate symbol of all the Welsh Warriors who are in our thoughts both during and after conflict."

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