Family tribute to Jordan Banks who was ‘the most selfless little boy’

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Tributes have also poured in for Jordan Banks from the England football team, Liverpool FC and MPs in the House of Commons

Jordan Banks
Jordan Banks

The heartbroken aunt and uncle of Jordan Banks who was killed by a lightning strike in Blackpool have paid tribute to the ‘poor wee soul’.

The nine-year-old, a pupil at Stanley Primary School, died after being seriously injured on a football field near School Road just after 5pm on Tuesday evening (May 11).

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Carol Wilkie and Brian Low have paid touching tributes to their tragic nephew, saying ‘God has taken one of a kind’.

Aunt Carol said: “My nephew’s wee boy was struck with lightning and killed when out playing football. So tragic. He was 9.

“It’s just horrible. Poor wee soul didn’t deserve this.

“It’s so heartbreaking. Can’t get over it.”

Uncle Brian said: “It was my nephew’s son, he was struck by lightning playing football down in Blackpool.

“Fly high young man.”

Another aunt of Jordan’s, Michelle Low said: “There are simply no words, God bless you Jordan.

“God has taken one of a kind, love aunty shell.” x

Posting a link to a GoFundMe fundraiser for the youngster – which has reached over £60,000 – Michelle added: “In memory of the most selfless little boy, much loved.”

Meanwhile numerous other family members changed their profile pictures to a football with the words ‘For Jordan x’.

The heartbroken family of Jordan Banks released a photo of their beloved boy
The heartbroken family of Jordan Banks released a photo of their beloved boy

In a statement released on Wednesday by Lancashire Police, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped.

“We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy.

“We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

The England football team have offered their condolences and described what happened as “so sad”.

They tweeted: “We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Jordan Banks’s family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

“@LancashireFA is in contact with @Clifton_jfc and will continue to provide support to them.”

The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks
The Blackpool Tower lit up in red in tribute to Jordan Banks (Image: The Blackpool Tower)

Blackpool Tower was lit up red in honour of Jordan, who was reportedly a Liverpool fan, while footballers and clubs paid tribute to him on social media.

A statement on Liverpool Football Club’s Twitter said: “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Jordan’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Jordan Banks,” while Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: “A special boy taken far too soon.”

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up in memory of the youngster, with one raising more than £60,000 by Thursday morning from more than 3,000 donors.

Jordan was described as “a shining light and inspiration to everyone” by his football club.

MPs also paid tribute to Jordan during a House of Commons debate on community football.

Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans told the chamber: “Can I on behalf of the Speaker and the British Parliament send our condolences to his family and to all his teammates at the Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club and all his friends.

“The hearts of the British Parliament and our love go to you all.”

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston sent the Government’s condolences to Jordan’s family and friends, adding: “The club and the local community are clearly devastated by his loss, as evidenced by the absolute outpouring on social media, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this incredibly difficult time.”

Detective Superintendent Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.