THE parents of the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing have revealed a new variety of rose cultivated in memory of their daughter.

Andrew and Lisa Roussos lost eight-year-old Saffie-Rose in the terror attack following an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 last year, in which 22 members of the audience were killed.

Mr and Mrs Roussos and their son Xander developed the rose with a specialist breeder and decided to sell it to raise funds for Manchester-based bereavement charity Once Upon A Smile.

Named Saffie’s Rose, the flower is described as a lovely soft pink grandiflora, with medium-sized double flowers. It reaches 2ft-3ft, and is a repeat-flowering variety with a light fragrance, suitable for borders and large containers.

Mrs Roussos said: “People will be able to buy the beautiful rose and from the sale of each rose bush a £4 donation will go to Once Upon A Smile.

“It is an amazing charity that looks after bereaved children and they have been with my son Xander from the beginning.

“ I hope people enjoy Saffie’s Rose and remember that it is in memory of my precious little girl and help us raise as much money as possible for the charity.”

Mr Roussos added: “The charity is very special to both Lisa and I.

“They have looked after our family since the beginning and we know they will be there for us as long as we need them.

“We want to raise as much money as possible as a small gesture of thanks for everything they have done for us”.

Daniel Jillings, co-founder of the charity said: “We are humbled that the Roussos family have chosen Once Upon A Smile to be the beneficiary of Saffie’s Rose.”

The rose costs £19.50 and is available from www.onceuponasmile.org.uk/saffie-rose. There are 2,000 Saffie-Roses available and delivery is from December to March.

For information on Once Upon a Smile, visit the website on https://www.onceuponasmile.org.uk/ or follow on Twitter - @sidley_ouas and Facebook - @ onceuponasmile