Henry Conway

An RAF welfare charity has received an unexpected windfall after a young schoolboy decided to donate his birthday money.

Henry Conway, who will turn six on Halloween, was moved to the generous act after seeing an RAF advert on television.

The film, called 'Show Your Pride', featured military veterans including Battle of Britain pilot Stan Hartill, Invictus Games competitor and double amputee Stuart Robinson, and widow Jacqui Thompson.

As soon as the ad finished Henry asked his parents to donate, so dad Leo logged on and donated £25 to the RAF Benevolent fund on his behalf.

"We'd been talking to Henry about what he wanted for his birthday. When he saw the ad, he said 'Daddy I think I should give them some money'."

Henry Conway, who donated his birthday money to an RAF charity
PICTURE: RAF Benevolent Fund

"I asked if he wanted it as part of his birthday present and he said 'yes' straight away."

Henry's dad Leo thinks it was his son's comfort around adults, especially the older generation, that inspired him to donate. He said:

"He naturally gravitates towards them."

"This might be why he was so inspired to make a contribution, after seeing Stan on television."

The RAF Benevolent Fund helps current and former RAF service personnel and their families by offering support in all areas of life. 

Henry received a thank you card from the charity and since then has not stopped wearing his RAF Benevolent Fund badge.

"We are beaming with pride - and always are. He's a very special little boy who we love to bits... He makes us laugh every day."

Cover picture courtesy of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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