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Boy killed in lightning strike’s organs have saved three other children’s lives

The devastated dad of nine-year-old Jordan Banks has revealed that his donated organs have saved the lives of three other children.

Jordan was tragically killed on Tuesday when he was struck by lightning on a football field in Blackpool at 5.05pm.

Jordan was a fundraising hero, who left sweets for 999 workers in lockdown and ran 30 miles to raise money for mental health charities in honour of his uncle who took his own life.

An emotional message was posted on Facebook on behalf of his dad, Matt Banks, revealing that Jordan’s charitable contributions had continued even after his sad passing.

The post read: “I couldn't have been prouder of him always putting other people [before] himself, such a selfless little person.

“Even now his kindness has meant that 3 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.”

He went on to speak about Jordan’s passion for Liverpool, fashion and martial arts and said he had lost his “little best mate”.

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He 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…”

Matt urged other parents to cherish as much time as they could with their children no matter how small.

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“So what I ask of anyone with children cherish every moment even moments that seem to insignificant right now.. 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,” he went on.

"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!”

Tributes have been pouring in for Jordan, with Liverpool star James Milner posting a picture of Jordan alongside the caption: “A special boy taken far too soon. RIP Jordan, YNWA.”

Jordan's best friend CJ Campbell, also nine, paid tribute to his friend saying: “I am very sad about what happened. Jordan was my best friend and I'm going to miss him. I've known him since reception class.

“We played football against each other. He was very funny and caring and had raised money for charity. He was in my class at school.”

Jordan’s heartbroken family released a statement that read: “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.”

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