Jordan Banks was tragically killed after being struck by lightning while playing football in Blackpool
A community is in mourning this week after a nine-year-old boy from Blackpool sadly died.
Jordan Banks was “doing what he loved”, playing football for Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club’s Under 9s team, when he was struck by lightning on Tuesday evening (May 11).
Shortly after 5pm numerous police vehicles and an air ambulance attended the scene off School Road, where a child was reported to have been injured
The boy was rushed to hospital with “serious injuries” but died a short time later, police confirmed.
He was later named as Jordan Banks, pupil at Stanley Primary School in Blackpool and massive Liverpool FC fan.
Officers believe he had been struck by lightning, although enquiries are still ongoing.
While news of the incident has sent shockwaves through the community and across the country, many people have remembered the “extraordinary” person Jordan was – a ‘shining light’ in Blackpool.
Jordan was an avid fundraiser and raised thousands earlier this year when he decided to take on a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.
He managed to run 30 miles over a 10 day period and even received a heart-warming message from Liverpool FC’s vice-captain James Milner for his wonderful efforts.
Milner said: “Hi Jordan, how’s it going? I’ve heard that you’re doing an amazing thing in raising funds for counselling in honour of your uncle Reece. I think running a marathon is an incredible feat, and it’s difficult with people doing it with legs a lot bigger than yours, but to do 30 miles is incredible.
“I heard you get called mini Milner because you’re very determined, so that’s an amazing skill to have, never ever give up and I hear you’ve been out in all weather fighting in the cold and the rain, so you keep going, and keep doing what you’re doing mate.
“Just remember you’ll never walk alone, all the boys are behind you and I’ll send you a couple of shirts – one for yourself for doing an amazing thing and another that you can hopefully raise a bit of money from and put it towards all the money you’re raising.
“Well done bud, it’s an amazing achievement and you should be very proud.”
Jordan gave himself a £100 target for the run – but ended up smashing the £3,000 mark.
Back in January, Lancashire Police also praised the youngster after they discovered he had left sweet treats on police vehicles.
“Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles”
Speaking on January 2, a spokesperson for Blackpool police said: “Blackpool Team 3 have done some investigation work and managed to track down who has been leaving sweet treats on our vehicles today.
“We want to say a massive thank you to Jordan! You have most definitely cheered us up today.”
‘Jordan was a shining light’
Tributes have been pouring in for Jordan, with flowers, football shirts and messages left at the scene of the playing pitch, as well as outside his primary school.
In an emotional statement, 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.”
Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club made the following statement: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.
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“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved. Jordan was a Shining Light and an inspiration to everyone that he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone.
“The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community,
“We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.
“The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, whilst we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not be making any further comment.
“Fly High Young Man, Sleep Tight and God Bless.”
Liverpool FC’s James Milner also paid a heartfelt tribute to Jordan, saying: “A special boy taken far too soon. RIP Jordan, YNWA.”
Following the tragic incident, police are appealing for witnesses and information.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Det Supt 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.