The fund set up to support the family of Jacob Jenkins has reached more than £11,000 as people around the world show their support for his family.
The two-year-old died at 7pm last night, days after choking on a grape in Pizza Hut.
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Jacob passed away as Hartlepool gathered to show their support, with hundreds of yellow balloons released at Seaton Carew.
Family friend Ben Picken, who set up the online fund to support Jacob’s parents, said on the fundraising page: “Baby Jacob gained his Angel wings at 7pm on Wednesday October 14 2015, the exact time the amazing Hartlepool people and far beyond set off their yellow balloons.
“His parents now need time to grieve properly and come to terms with losing their baby boy.
“It is now with a heavy heart I write that this fund will now go towards Jacob’s funeral costs, and gives his parents a bit of space to not have to worry about going back to work for the foreseeable future.”
As the total surpassed £11,000 a further update from Ben was added.
It said: “I on behalf of the family would like to thank everyone who has donated and sent lovely messages so far.
“A special thank you to Natalie Cummings for the idea of the gathering with the yellow balloons at Seaton Carew and for Stephen Picton for pushing the idea forward, seeing all the pictures and videos of people gathering with the yellow balloons all over the town can only give the family some comfort in this difficult time.
“Big thank you to Nathan Greathead and Peter Rooney for the collection that will be done at the Evening with Calzaghe on Friday.
“The town of Hartlepool has excelled once again.”