The father of Jordan Banks, the nine-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning, has said his son has saved the lives of three other children by donating his organs.
Paying tribute to his son in a Facebook post, Matt Banks said: “Jordan was and is the most amazing little person he had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone … Even now his kindness has meant that three other children may be able to live.
“Words cannot explain how heartbroken I am.”
Banks died after being struck by lightning during a football coaching session in Blackpool shortly after 5pm on Tuesday.
Emergency services, including police and an air ambulance, were called to the scene and Jordan was taken to hospital but died a short time later.
In the post, Banks spoke movingly about his relationship with Jordan and how much his “perfect child” meant.
“Jordan was and is the most amazing little person. 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 of asked for a perfect child that was my Jordan, I couldn’t of been prouder of him always putting other people [before] 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.
“Not only have I lost my little boy, I have lost my little best mate.”
Jordan’s selfless attitude was evident in his fundraising efforts. 在一月, Jordan ran 30 miles in order to raise more than £2,300 for Counselling in the Community, an organisation that provides counselling services in Blackpool and Fylde, after Jordan’s uncle took his own life in 2018.
Liverpool footballer James Milner recorded a video for him after hearing of the young 利物浦 fan’s fundraising exploits.
Milner also paid tribute after his death, calling Jordan “a special boy taken far too soon”.
In a separate tweet he dedicated Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Manchester United on Thursday night to Jordan: “A big win for Jordan.”
By Friday morning, a GoFundMe page for Jordan’s family had raised more than £78,000, despite the page’s initial goal being just £3,000.