Soldier set to join in No.10 trip with kids
A SWANSEA soldier is among a group of Welsh troops helping to brighten up St David's Day for terminally children by taking them on a special visit to No.10 Downing Street.
Trooper Joshua Howells of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards — known as the Welsh Cavalry — will tomorrow be taking the youngsters to London alongside members of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the Royal Welsh to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
The 18-year-old from Fforest- fach, has only been serving with the regiment for a month.
He said it was an honour to be among the contingent also going to the Houses of Parliament, along with around 20 incredibly brave youngsters to present 5,000 daffodils during their visit to mark the Welsh patron saint's day.
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Joshua said: "We will be having breakfast with MPs and meeting the youngsters who have been diagnosed with cancer. There are around 20 children who will be travelling to London with us.
"We will be going to the Houses of Parliament and having lunch there and then going to No.10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister for an hour and then we will take the children on the London Eye.
"We will also be taking 5,000 daffodils with us and handing them around all the MPs and also the Prime Minister.
He added: "I'm looking forward to meeting all the children and David Cameron. My parents and family are very proud."
Sergeant Matthew Jones, also of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, 27, of Hereford, said it was a big day for the Welsh youngsters involved.
He said: "It's a privilege to take part and we will also be thanking MPs in the House of Commons for saving our regiment. It will be a massive day for the children."
Trooper Stephen Parry, of the same regiment, 21, of Eglwysbach in Conwy Valley, said it meant a lot to be invited to accompany the terminally ill, particularly after losing his stepmum, his gran and dad to cancer within a space of a year.
He added: "It makes people in my family proud, as it's been tough. I'm looking forward to the day as it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.''