Hartlepool company to give balloon profits to Jacob’s family

Jacob Jenkins
Jacob Jenkins

Balloonies will donate their balloon sales money to the family of Jacob Jenkins.

A Hartlepool party supplies shop is going to donate money to the family of a critically ill toddler.

Balloonies, on the town’s Murray Street, has been inundated with queries following the announcement of a balloon release, taking place tomorrow in support of Jacob Jenkins.

The two-year-old remains in an induced coma at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after choking on a grape at Pizza Hut, at Hartlepool Marina.

Jacob stopped breathing for 30 minutes on Friday and was tended to by first aiders, before paramedics came to his aid at the restaurant.

Yesterday, the community announced that a balloon release would happen tomorrow in Seaton Carew at 7pm.

Lee Chapman, of Balloonies, has said that profits from any of the balloons they sell for the release will be donated straight back to the family.

“We have had loads of enquiries, and we are going to give all of the money we make back to the family,” he said.

Lee has also warned people not to buy their balloons today, as they will not last until tomorrrow.

The shop is selling them for £1 each.

Earlier today, Jacob’s mum Abigail Wilson said the support she and husband David Jenkins have received for Jacob is “phenomenal” – and that they too plan to replicate the balloon release.

If you want to attend the balloon release, people are being asked to meet at the clock tower on Seaton Carew seafront at around 6.45pm.