Mum of Jordan Banks, 9, killed by lightning pays emotional tribute to 'selfless, fun-loving' son who was 'beyond loved'

THE MUM of a boy who was killed by lightning has paid an emotional tribute to the "selfless, fun-loving" son who was "beyond loved."

Jordan Banks, 9, was tragically killed last Tuesday by a lightning strike whilst at football training in Blackpool.

Danielle Begg, 38, has had to deal with every parent's worst nightmare since the tragic events unfolded a week ago on South Shore playing fields.

Jordan was well-known in the community for his determination to raise money for Blackpool charity Counselling in the Community on behalf of his uncle who lost his life due to mental health issues.

Since the tragedy occurred, Jordan's organ's have been donated to help save the lives of three other children.

Danielle told LancsLive: "Jordan was selfless, he wanted to help everyone. Whether that was a friend at school, a charity, a homeless person.

"He couldn’t understand why the world would ever be cruel and wanted everyone to be happy.

"Only a few days earlier I had been raising money for Brian House children’s hospice, and had told Jordan about the work they did.

"Little did we know we would be one of their families. He was a joy, full of life. Cheeky and fun-loving.

"Everything was an adventure and we were part of it. Proud doesn’t come close to what we feel for everything he’s done and continues to do.

"He had empathy and could sense people’s feelings. What ever "it" is he had it. I think whoever met him instantly liked him you couldn’t not."

Jordan's tragedy has affected all those who heard about it across the nation.

In his home town of Blackpool, hundreds of flowers and tributes have been placed at Common Edge playing fields and a winner's medal from an 11-year-old boy on a rival team left as a stark reminder of the lives he touched.

Hundreds came out in a vehicle convoy on Sunday, May 16 united in grief at such a tragic loss of life.

Sir Kenny Dalglish, James Milner and Robbie Fowler were among Jordan's LFC heroes to pay tribute to him along with stars of his favourite TV show Cobra Kai.

The reds wore Jordan Banks, number 7, shirts ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Thursday, May 13.

Danielle has said that every tribute, big and small, hasn't gone unnoticed.

She added: "The tributes have been overwhelming. We have taken comfort in the kindness of our friends and family but also the strangers who never got the pleasure to meet Jordan.

"He would have loved seeing the Liverpool players with his name on, the Cobra Kai tweets and the sports cars with his name on too.

"But it’s also the little things, handmade items, cards, gifts for the kids that mean so much.

"We’ve had post without our address on and just saying Jordan and it’s arrived. It means so much and even though we can’t thank everyone individually we really appreciate it. He was beyond loved."

Danielle added: "Everyday is a struggle, as a family we are doing all we can to keep going for Jordan and carry on his legacy. His sisters and brother give us strength.

"Nobody should have to loose a child, we take comfort in that his organs were donated and he would have helped others yet again.

"He is irreplaceable, a one off. And we just hope that this was his destiny. He had done all he could here and was needed elsewhere.

"We won’t stop doing what he had been doing all his life. And hope that others stop and look at their own lives, kids, and be a bit more Jordan. Take those risks, dance, sing, live every moment.

"Go on family days out, be kind and help others. Life is too preciousto waste. Like Jordan, it’s a gift."

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