Jacob Jenkins funeral: Hartlepool celebrates life of little boy

Hartlepool celebrated the life of little Jacob Jenkins today.

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The two-year-old, who died after spending days in an induced coma, was being laid to rest in the town today.

Jacob Jenkins is carried into the church.

Jacob Jenkins is carried into the church.

Hundreds were expected to attend the funeral, which was taking place at 1pm at St Joseph’s R.C. Church. Jacob arrived at the church in a white coffin and was flanked by men dressed as Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Those attending had been asked to wear black and white - with a splash of yellow, which was Jacob’s favourite colour.

Yellow balloons are also being released in the toddler’s honour.

On the day of his death, hundreds of balloons were let go at Seaton Carew seafront in a show of support for little Jacob and his family.

Jacob Jenkins

Jacob Jenkins

A Go Fund Me page, set up by a family friend while the toddler was in hospital, has raised almost £20,000.

Jacob was at Pizza Hut, at Hartlepool Marina, on October 9 when he choked on a grape. Despite the efforts of first-aiders from both the restaurant and the nearby cinema, Jacob stopped breathing for around 30 minutes.

Paramedics revived him, and he spent five days in an induced coma in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). His parents Abigail and David have thanked the people of Hartlepool, and those further afield, for their prayers, cards, thoughts and donations.

If you want to donate to Jacob’s fund, visit the Go Fund Me Page here.

Crowds gather to say goodbye to Jacob.

Crowds gather to say goodbye to Jacob.

Crowds gather to say goodbye to Jacob Jenkins.

Crowds gather to say goodbye to Jacob Jenkins.