Balloons fill the air during ‘wear Yellow day’ in memory of Jacob Jenkins

Abigail Wilson (centre) with Scallywags Nursery staff and children release  their yellow balloons in memory of Jacob Jenkins. Picture by FRANK REID
Abigail Wilson (centre) with Scallywags Nursery staff and children release their yellow balloons in memory of Jacob Jenkins. Picture by FRANK REID

Scores of yellow balloons filled the air as a nursery came together to remember toddler Jacob Jenkins.

Scallywags Nursery in Seaton Carew, where Jacob spent two happy years playing with his friends and staff, took part in a Wear Yellow for Jacob day.

Abigail Wilson before the balloon launch held at Scallywags Nursery in memory of Jacob Jenkins. Picture by FRANK REID

Abigail Wilson before the balloon launch held at Scallywags Nursery in memory of Jacob Jenkins. Picture by FRANK REID

Staff and children wore a yellow item of clothing – Jacob’s favourite colour.

The emotional event was supported by Jacob’s brave parents Abigail Wilson and David Jenkins who attended and joined in a big balloon release.

Abigail, who wore a yellow bow featuring a picture of Jacob in her hair, said: “Nursery was like a second home to Jacob.

“They have done a lot for him and he loved all the kids and staff here.”

Nursery was like a second home to Jacob. They have done a lot for him and he loved all the kids and staff here

Abigail Wilson

Dad David added: “It was a massive part of his life. He had been coming here since he was six months. When he came home he was always talking about what he had been doing that day.”

The nursery also baked cupcakes with yellow icing which were sold to parents to help raise money.

Karen Frankland, Scallywags owner and manager, said: “Jacob had been through our baby and toddler rooms and was in the tweenie room.

“He knew everyone, it has been a big loss. A friend of Abigail’s contacted us to see if we would front the yellow day for Jacob.

Jacob Jenkins. Family Photograph

Jacob Jenkins. Family Photograph

“It is so we can raise awareness about food safety and also raise some money to donate to Jacob’s fund or to the RVI hospital in Newcastle.”

Members of staff wore special T-shirts with a picture of a smiling Jacob at the nursery and will be worn every year on Jacob’s birthday at a special party to remember him.

A parent is generously donating a bench which will form part of a new play corner in named after Jacob and a tree will also be planted in his honour.

Staff and customers at Swoosh salon, in York Road, also supported the day and raised money.

The salon was decked out in yellow and workers all wore something with a splash of yellow and most treatments were reduced to make them more affordable with the proceeds going to the RVI.

Staff also rustled up all sorts of tasty treats to sell to customers and passers by to boost the total.

Owner Wendy Watt said: “We have been promoting it on Facebook and stopping people as they pass to sell them cakes.

“We just wanted to show our support.”