The mum of a nine-year-old boy who was killed by a lightning strike while playing football has shared her grief at the devastating loss.
Heartbroken Danielle Begg has had to deal with every parent’s worst nightmare after her son Jordan Banks’ death on May 11.
The kind-hearted young lad died soon after being struck during a storm on Common Edge playing fields in South Shore, Blackpool – just yards from stepdad Dan Begg.
Danielle said “every day is a struggle” as the family continues to come to terms with what has happened to “selfless” Jordan.
“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,” she continued.
“He had empathy and could sense people’s feelings. Whatever ‘it’ is he had it. I think whoever met him instantly liked him you couldn’t not.”
Danielle said her son – well known for charity work in his local community – “wanted to help everyone”, adding: “He was a joy, full of life. Cheeky and fun-loving.”
In January, he ran 30 miles in memory of his Uncle Reece to raise money for Counselling in the Community, with his efforts recognised by one of his heroes – Liverpool midfielder James Milner.
And following his death, Jordan’s organ’s have been donated to help save the lives of three other children.
“He couldn’t understand why the world would ever be cruel and wanted everyone to be happy,” said Danielle.
She went on to explain that just days before her son died she had been raising money for Brian House children’s hospice and was tell Jordan about the work it does.
“Little did we know we would be one of their families,” she said.
In his home town, hundreds of flowers and tributes have been placed on the playing fields, including a winner’s medal from an 11-year-old boy on a rival team.
And hundreds came out in a vehicle convoy on Sunday, united in grief.
Liverpool legends Sir Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler and Milner were among Jordan’s heroes to pay tribute to him along with stars of his favourite TV show Cobra Kai.
The reds wore ‘Jordan Banks’ on number 7 shirts ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Thursday.
Nine football emojis continue to be shared on social media in honour of how much Jordan loved football.
Danielle 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.”
Due to the circumstances of Jordan’s death, his family have been thrust into the public spotlight in such a short space of time.
Danielle admits that this has been difficult to deal with at times.
The family will continue to grieve privately while remaining focused on spreading Jordan’s message of kindness and empathy to others.
Danielle said: “Every day is a struggle, as a family we are doing all we can to keep going for Jordan and carry on his legacy. His sisters and brother give us strength.
“Nobody should have to loose a child, we take comfort in that his organs were donated and he would have helped others yet again.
“He is irreplaceable, a one off. And we just hope that this was his destiny. He had done all he could here and was needed elsewhere.
“We won’t stop doing what he had been doing all his life. And hope that others stop and look at their own lives, kids, and be a bit more Jordan. Take those risks, dance, sing, live every moment.
“Go on family days out, be kind and help others. Life is too precious to waste. Like Jordan, it’s a gift.”