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Grieving family of boy, 9, killed by lightning donate his organs to kids in need

The grieving family of a nine-year-old boy killed by a lightning strike in Blackpool has donated his organs to children in desperate need.

The devastated father of Jordan Banks revealed his selfless boy’s legacy would continue as he told well-wishers “words cannot explain how heartbroken I am.”

Jordan died when a storm hit while he was playing football in a coaching session at a sports ground early Tuesday evening as his horrified stepfather watched from his car.

His dad has laid bare his pain as he encouraged parents to spend every waking minute enjoying their time with their “precious” children.

After the youngster’s tragic death it was revealed Liverpool star James Milner had just months earlier praised the little boy for raising more than £2,500 by running for a local mental health organisation.

Jordan Banks
Little Jordan’s sudden death has left the nation reeling in shock as thousands donate to his grieving family

Milner paid tribute to the big Reds fan after his death left Britain in shock, calling Jordan “a special boy taken far too soon”.

He dedicated Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Manchester United tonight to the lad, tweeting: “A big win for Jordan.”

On Thursday Jordan’s dad Matt Banks posted an update on a local Facebook page telling well-wishers his beloved lad was still helping others.

His post read: “Jordan was and is the most amazing little person.

Matt and Jordan Banks
Matt Banks said he never took a day with his beloved son Jordan for granted

“He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone, and when parents say they have the best kid ever, he GENERALLY was the best ever and if I ever could have asked for a perfect child that was my Jordan.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of him always putting other people himself, such a selfless little person.

“Even now his kindness has meant that three other children may be able to live, as he always told us he wanted to be able to help other people if he could. So was a donor and has donated which we know will be what he wanted.”

Mr Banks continued: “Literally words can’t even explain how heartbroken I am.

“Not only have I lost my little boy I have lost my little best mate we would sit and talk for hours about his future and he would always ask me what I wanted his children to call me and we both decided on papi.”

Jordan with a tribute tshirt after he ran over 30 miles in 10 days to celebrate what would have been the 30th birthday of his uncle
Earlier this year Jordan ran over 30 miles in 10 days to celebrate what would have been the 30th birthday of his uncle

Mr Banks remembered his boy’s favourite pastimes including practising martial arts and supporting Liverpool.

Jordan also had a passion for fashion, his dad wrote on the BPL Bible Facebook page.

“He would change his outfit 3 times a day which used to annoy Jen because of the amount of washing but he always made sure he looked trendy and liked his outfit,” Mr Banks said.

He was always rocking his Liverpool gear or a Cobra Kai t-shirt – as he was a big fan of the American martial arts comedy, his dad said.

Jordan was so obsessed with the show he was only allowed to ask one question about it a day or he would happily turn every topic to Cobra Kai, Mr Banks recalled.

Jordan Walker with a Jamie Milner football shirt
Jordan was a huge Liverpool FC fan and his idol has paid tribute to him

The dad urgent parents to share his message to treat every day with their children as “precious.”

He said: “I never took anything for granted and I always made sure we had quality family time and did whatever I could to show him how much he was loved and how special and beautiful he was.”

Mr Banks he hoped no one else ever went through the pain he was suffering.

“What I ask of anyone with children cherish every moment, even moments that seem too insignificant right now.

Flowers laid at the scene of Jordan Banks' tragic death in Blackpool, Lancs
Flowers laid at the scene of Jordan’s tragic death in Blackpool, Lancs

“Picking them up from school, putting them to bed at night, making them a drink have tea time together… as you never know when moments like that will be taken away from you.

“It only feels like yesterday I was making Jordan a brew, putting him to bed, getting kisses, squeezing him and playing with him.

“Don’t take any time for granted as you may end up wishing you had more like me! So please, please, if you are busy and they might want to play a game or watch something with you just find time because it’s priceless.”

By late Thursday evening a GoFundMe page fundraising for Jordan’s family had raised more than £73,000.

You can donate here.



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