The Welsh Warrior Richard Hunt Foundation was set up to remember and honour the 200th soldier to die in Afghanistan in 2009.
The Royal Welsh
Formed on St Davids Day 2006 from The Royal Welch Fusiliers (one of the oldest regiments in the regular army founded in 1689), The Royal Regiment of Wales and The Royal Welsh Regiment (TA), which contains The Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh who are the last surviving all Brass band left within the British Army.
The Royal Welsh consist of 3 batallions of Infantry and Armoured Infantry, with Warrior Armoured Vehicles, which can weigh 25 tonnes when fully loaded packing a punch with a Mk 44 30 mm cannon.
From this has come the nick-name of the 2nd Battalion - the Welsh Warriors, it seemed like a natural choice for the charity
Pte. Richard Hunt of ‘A’ Company 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh
died a week before his 22nd birthday after he was involved in two IED explosions in 24hrs whilst on convoy patrol. In the first explosion only the Warrior Armoured vehicle he was driving was damaged but the second IED was a much larger blast and he was very seriously injured. He was repatriated, but died six hours after arriving at Selly Oak Hospital. It was here that his family saw for themselves the large numbers of seriously injured soldiers missing from the media radar that
the general public knew nothing about.
They decided that they had to do something to try to make a difference to the lives of those ‘survivors’ and continue Richard’s pledge to be there for others when they needed help.
We aim to Help Assist and Support
Richard’s Pledge – to be there for others when they need help
In 2010 we were able to start helping the veterans
one of the first was a severely injured soldier to whom we gave a cheque for £1,000 to go towards helping him to resettle at home, adaptions etc
The second veteran was a severely injured welsh Royal Marine to whom we gave £3,000 to help purchase a specially adapted Cross Trainer with a harness to allow him to stand upright whilst exercising his parlysed limbs
In 2011 we were able to send two veterans to PTSD courses both here at home and one abroad where he has to live due to family circumstances, a total cost of £1,500
We also helped a further two veterans in 2011, one with travel problems and another who needed a cooker so that he could give his family the Christmas Dinner they deserved- something so simple can make a huge difference! A total cost of £1,500
We started 2012 by helping along side other well known charities with the cost of an old soldier's funeral, we donated £500.
A further veteran was helped with travel problems and another was helped with Marathon Training as prescibed to help with his PTSD, this added upto another £1,100 in total.
We ended 2012 by helping another veteran with some timely finacial advice, a problem that is coming into its own in present circumstances!
During the last 3yrs we have also unfortunately given out 14 Bereavement Cheques to families who have lost a loved one in the present conflict. This money can be put to a variety of uses, from paying immediate bills, putting into children's savings for their future, to being used for special Memorials to honour the loved one who has been lost. These cheques are for £500 each.
We have also been very active in liasing with some of the larger charities on cases where we knew they had more resources and more experience, these links are invaluable if the care of the veterans is to suceed and continue to suceed.
We have also been fighting for the rights and proper treaments to be available for our veterans with a written and oral report to the Welsh Affairs Committee, which we hope they will act upon, inevitably it comes down to money, but we live in hope and will not give up, it is too important.