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Thanks! Jacob's Doing So Well

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AS BLAZE victim Jacob Porteous continues to improve in hospital, the junior football star and his family have said a big thank you for all the help and support they received.

Nearly a month after the 11-year-old was rescued by firefighters from his smoke-filled Thornaby home, he continues to amaze the medics and his family with his recovery.

Jacob spent days in a critical condition in intensive care in Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital after inhaling smoke in the fire on August 6 at his home on Grenville Road. But today he is on the children's ward, talking, swimming in the hospital's pool twice a day, rolling around on mats and playing with his Nintendo Wii.

The Teesside community has been touched by Jacob's plight and his brave battle to recover. Whinney Banks Under-12s have launched a fundraising drive for the talented winger who is one of their star players.

Last week a tombola in Asda Thornaby raised more than pounds 500 to help replace all the things Jacob lost in the blaze. Ten other football teams in his junior league have also donated pounds 50 each, and Middlesbrough FC have sent Jacob a full football kit.

Acklam Grange School, where Jacob was due to start, have donated a computer to help the youngster keep up with his studies. …