Boy, 9, killed by lightning ‘just wanted everyone to be happy’ says grieving mum

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The mum of young Jordan Banks who was killed by lightning at football training last week has shared her heartbreak.

Danielle Begg, 38, has endured a week of horrendous grief since her nine-year-old son's tragic death in Blackpool, Lancs., on Tuesday.

Over the past seven days, charitable Jordan has been paid tribute to by his Liverpool football heroes and Netflix's daily Cobra Kai cast.

Since the tragedy occurred, Jordan's organ's have been donated to help save the lives of three other children.

Danielle told LancsLive : "Jordan was selfless, he wanted to help everyone. Whether that was a friend at school, a charity, a homeless person.

"He couldn’t understand why the world would ever be cruel and wanted everyone to be happy. Only a few days earlier I had been raising money for Brian House children’s hospice, and had told Jordan about the work they did.

"Little did we know we would be one of their families. He was a joy, full of life. Cheeky and fun-loving."

An empathetic and caring child, Jordan was well-known in his local area for his determination to raise money for Counselling in the Community, on behalf of his uncle who lost his life due to mental health issues.

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Running extra miles for a good cause got him noticed by one of his LFC heroes vice-captain James Milner, who told him to never give up, that he'll never walk alone and sent him some football shirts for him to keep and auction off for charity.

"Everything was an adventure and we were part of it. Proud doesn’t come close to what we feel for everything he’s done and continues to do.

"He had empathy and could sense people’s feelings. What ever "it" is he had it. I think whoever met him instantly liked him you couldn’t not."

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Since Jordan was named on Wednesday (May 12) the tragedy has affected all those who heard about it across the nation.

In his home town of Blackpool, hundreds of flowers and tributes have been placed at Common Edge playing fields and a winner's medal from an 11-year-old boy on a rival team left as a stark reminder of the lives he touched.

Hundreds came out in a vehicle convoy on Sunday (May 16) united in grief at such a tragic loss of a life.

Sir Kenny Dalglish, James Milner and Robbie Fowler were among Jordan's LFC heroes to pay tribute to him along with stars of his favourite TV show Cobra Kai.

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The Reds wore Jordan Banks, number 7, shirts ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Thursday (May 13).

Nine football emojis continue to be shared on social media in honour of how much Jordan loved football.

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Danielle has said that every tribute, big and small, hasn't gone unnoticed.

She added: "The tributes have been overwhelming. We have taken comfort in the kindness of our friends and family but also the strangers who never got the pleasure to meet Jordan.

"He would have loved seeing the Liverpool players with his name on, the Cobra Kai tweets and the sports cars with his name on too.

But it’s also the little things, handmade items, cards, gifts for the kids that mean so much.

"We’ve had post without our address on and just saying Jordan and it’s arrived. It means so much and even though we can’t thank everyone individually we really appreciate it. He was beyond loved."

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