Liverpool FC fans welcome Jordan Banks’ family and friends to Anfield after 46 mile walk

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Jordan Banks died on May 11 after being stuck by lightning while playing football in his home town of Blackpool

Liverpool FC supporters gathered outside Anfield this weekend to welcome the family and friends of Jordan Banks following a walk to the stadium from Blackpool in his honour.

Nine-year-old Jordan had been playing football on a pitch in the Common Edge area of Blackpool when he was struck by lightning during a severe storm on May 11.

Known as ‘Mini-Milner’ after one of his favourite Liverpool footballers, Jordan’s death shocked the country with outpouring of tributes and support for him and his family from the public and footballers across England.

Saturday (May 22) saw Jordan’s family, including his mum Danielle Begg, and friends walk 46 miles from Blackpool to the home of Liverpool FC, Anfield, in memory of the little man.

Arriving at 1pm, the group were met by local fans who had arranged a huge banner in remembrance of Jordan.

And the banner itself will be displayed in the Kop stand at Anfield during Liverpool FC’s final game of the season later today (May 23) as part of a tribute to the tragic young LFC fan, the Echo reports.

Family friend Campbell Simpson, 27, organised the walk.

“Then last Friday night I was getting a kebab and bumped into some pals and said I was thinking of doing a charity walk for Jordan’s family, they said where do you want to walk? I said, what about Anfield? With Jordan and his family being mad Liverpool fans it seemed the walk to do.

Family, friends and supporters of Jordan Banks including his mum Danielle Begg (front, third left ,at Anfield Stadium.

Family, friends and supporters of Jordan Banks including his mum Danielle Begg (front, third left ,at Anfield Stadium. (Image: Andrew Teebay / Liverpool Echo)

“So we set up a group, with a few lads and my partner agreed to jump on with her friends and also Jordan’s aunty. We decided to set up our own on JustGiving to see how we would get on and so far we’ve raised £12,000, but with the buckets we’ll be just short of £15k.

“Me and the group of lads, we put on Facebook that we were doing it, and there was eight of us and we said people were welcome to join, but then we realised we didn’t want people getting lost or hurt so we stuck to our group.

“I thought there’d be 15 or 20 in the car park when we met but about 50 people started the walk, people who we didn’t even know were there too and someone even turned up from Wales to do it.

“It was very emotional. Obviously I’d organised it but I was gutted I had to pull out 22 miles in. I got blisters on my feet two miles and was in agony so I went in the support vehicle and was giving people things they needed, picking people up and helping out.

“I jumped out at the top of the A159 and re-joined the walk anyway and ended up walking through Liverpool. It was very emotional, and so was watching everyone else getting emotional too.”

Vicki Sinclair, Jade Begg, Carly Jackson and Kensi Gallagher arriving at Anfield Stadium in memory of Jordan Banks

Vicki Sinclair, Jade Begg, Carly Jackson and Kensi Gallagher arriving at Anfield Stadium in memory of Jordan Banks (Image: Andrew Teebay / Liverpool Echo)

LFC staff opened up the ground at Anfield for the group to have a visit and see club tropgies and memorabilia.

David Jones, 30, from Formby was one of the fans who organised the banner

It properly struck a chord with me when I heard what happened to Jordan,” he said.

“I used to go to football at that age and hearing about it really hit home for me, I just thought is there anything we could do to bring any comfort for the family and friends.

“It was literally a random passing comment from one of my mates made on Twitter asking if anyone had organised a banner for Jordan Banks for the last game which started it, so I spoke to the person who does banners for the Kop and they said no problem and gave me a quote.

“We were only looking to fundraise £100 for the cost of the banner, but we’ve well surpassed that and are going to give the remainder to the fundraiser page. It just shows how the Liverpool family are, the way the fans all came together in 24 hours to get the banner sorted.

“We spoke to the people arranging the walk on social media and went down there today to meet them. I’m a season ticket holder and a big LFC fan myself, so I’ll be there tomorrow and it’s all arranged with the club so the banner will form part of the tribute to Jordan. He’s touched so many people.”

To donate to the JustGiving page associated with the walk to Anfield, click here.