‘He was beyond loved’: Jordan Banks’ mum remembers the boy who made the world a better place to be

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“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.”

Jordan Banks with his characteristic 'cheeky grin'
Jordan Banks with his characteristic ‘cheeky grin’

The mum of nine-year-old Jordan Banks who was tragically killed on Tuesday (May 11) by a lightning strike whilst at football training in Blackpool has spoken out about her kind-hearted son.

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.

An empathetic and caring child, 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.

The young Liverpool fan regularly went the extra mile, or four, to complete a 30-mile run in memory of his Uncle Reece who took his own life in 2018.

Jordan Banks was killed in Blackpool last week after he was reportedly struck by lightning.

Jordan Banks was killed in Blackpool last week after he was reportedly struck by lightning. (Image: Lancs Live)

This determination got him noticed by one of his LFC heroes vice-captain James Milner who told him to never give up, that he’ll never walk alone and sent him some football shirts for him to keep and also to raise money for his cause.

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 Banks and his dad, Matt, in their Cobra Kai t-shirts

Jordan Banks and his dad, Matt, in their Cobra Kai t-shirts (Image: Matt Banks)

Since Jordan was named on Wednesday (May 12) the 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 a 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).

Nine football emojis continue to be shared on social media in honour of how much Jordan loved football.

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.”

Nine-year-old Jordan Banks dressed as one of his favourite Liverpool players , Mo Salah

Nine-year-old Jordan Banks dressed as one of his favourite Liverpool players , Mo Salah (Image: Danielle Begg)

Due to the circumstances of Jordan’s death, his family have been thrust into the public spotlight in such a short space of time. Danielle admits that this has been difficult to deal with at times.

The media attention the tragedy attracted has meant that some coverage has been challenging for the family to see and hear.

“We understand that what happened to Jord is extraordinary,” she added. “We understand the press have to report these things but we did feel it all came very early.

“We hadn’t even been home and we had phone calls and messages asking for our thoughts. It seemed a cruel way to go about things. “We wanted to do it our way and tell the world about ‘our Jordan’ .

“We knew he would hate the photo they used too. You will struggle to find a photo of Jordan not smiling or with a cheeky face, but they did.

“The photo was actually of him after one of his runs, tired and upset with himself. We wanted to spread the message of love which Jordan would have. No negatives, just his beautiful face beaming and the joy he gave everyone.”

The family will continue to grieve privately however remain focused on spreading Jordan’s message of kindness and empathy to others.

Jordan's dad praised his son's kindness and said the little boy has donated his organs

Jordan’s dad praised his son’s kindness and said the little boy has donated his organs (Image: Matt Banks)

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 precious to waste. Like Jordan, it’s a gift.”