Family pay tribute to boy hit by lightning
The family of a nine-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning have paid tribute to him, saying “he was our everything”.
Jordan Banks, from Blackpool, died after being seriously injured on a football field near School Road just after 5pm on Tuesday evening.
He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
In a statement released 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.”
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 £44,500 by Wednesday evening from more than 2,500 donors.
One page praised Jordan’s charity work and said he had raised £3,000 earlier this year for a mental health charity in memory of his uncle.
It added: “There are no words that could possibly be written to begin to explain the pain the family of Jordan must be feeling.
The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community.
“After raising £3K for Counselling in the Community just this year, in memory of his uncle, it’s now time for us to come together as a community and help give back to such an incredibly, thoughtful and caring young lad who has been taken way too soon in a tragic incident.”
Jordan was described as “a shining light and inspiration to everyone” by his football club.
In a statement on Facebook the Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club said: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.
“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.”
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.”
Road closures in place following the incident have now been lifted.
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.
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