Boy holds onto birthday card for six years to cash in on uncle’s jokey promise

A man who promised £1,000 to his nephew on his 18th birthday if he kept the birthday card given to him on his 13th birthday has been forced to pay up.

The hilarious promise by charity worker Martin Harris backfired slightly after his nephew Ewan actually managed to keep the card safe and sound in order to cash in.

Now Martin is set to splash the cash and shared the birthday card on Twitter ahead of his nephew's birthday.

He captioned a photo of the card: "Annoyingly my nephew is 18 next month."

The card says: "Dear Ewan, Happy 13th birthday!

"No longer a little boy. Keep this card and give it back to me on your 18th birthday and I will exchange it for £1,000.

"Lots of love, Martin xx."

Naturally, the tweet went viral with many kind-hearted people offering to donate to the cause.

Others were impressed at his nephew managing to keep hold of the card for such a long time.

One person tweeted: "Kid kept that card in MINT condition."

Another tweeted: "Haha! bet you thought the kid would lose the card."

A third tweeted: "The amount of wholesome aura emitting from this post/thread is just phenomenal!

"Made my day Martin!"

But another person shared a similar experience, which had a more disappointing ending.

They tweeted: "My great-uncle did something similar by creating a trust for me when I was a baby and sent a heartfelt letter when I turned 18 telling me that I could finally cash it out. I made $11.62 that day."

In a lovely conclusion, Martin confirmed that he will be giving the cash to his nephew.

But he revealed that his sister had kept it safe for Ewan all these years – which feels slightly against the rules.

Happily Martin had a better suggestion for those looking to donate.

He posted a follow-up tweet suggesting people donate to the Terrence Higgins Trust, a HIV and sexual health charity.

He replied: "Thank u to everyone offering to donate & help. It is very kind and very unexpected!

"If u would like to support, pls feel free to make a donation to a charity close to my heart, Terrence Higgins Trust.

"Text THTGIVE 3 to 70085 to donate £3 http://[email protected]"

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