Prime Minister’s award for Norfolk woman who has devoted her life to road safety after a life altering crash of her own
PUBLISHED: 09:53 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:10 23 September 2014
A “truly courageous” woman who has devoted her life to road safety after a life altering crash of her own, has been rewarded by the Prime Minister for her work.
Jordan Bone was just 15 when she was left paralysed after a car crash in 2005.
She was a passenger in a car which skidded on a puddle and crashed on Castle Rising Road, North Wootton.
She suffered a broken neck at the category six level. She could not move at all from the chest down and was confined to a wheelchair.
Speaking about the incident, Jordan said: “It was a very traumatic experience.
“I was a very young girl and it was tough to handle as it changed my life for ever.
“But in times like that you can let it get you down in the dumps, or you can take the positive out of a negative and make the most of your life.”
Jordan Bone, 24, was paralysed from the chest down when she was involved in a car crash at the age of 15.
But she has shown extraordinary spirit, and now volunteers across Norfolk sharing her story and hosting road safety workshops for hundreds of young people, to help educate her community and keep roads safe.
She has claimed the Points of Light Prime Minister award which recognises volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Jordan, of King’s Lynn, said: “I am so thrilled, yet surprised to receive such an amazing award.
In March 2013, Jordan was able to take her first steps since the crash.
Helped by a hi-tech device known as “exo-skeleton”, Jordan was able to stand up and embrace both her mother and boyfriend.
The bionic suit straps on over Jordan’s clothes.
The technology uses battery-powered motors to lift her from a sitting position and then mechanically move her legs to walk.
She managed to make 645 steps with the aid of a walking frame.
The bionic suit was developed by Ekso Bionics in Berkeley, California, and was the first real alternative for paraplegics in terms of mobility since the invention of the wheelchair.
Just like with bicycles and skis, users have to learn how to make the Ekso,which cost around £100,000 each, work for them.
“There are so many people out there who have done so many amazing things so it is extremely flattering to be recognised for my work and efforts on road safety campaigning.”
Prime minister David Cameron said: “Jordan is a truly courageous young woman.
“Rather than be defeated by such a terrible experience, she has dedicated herself to educating young people about the importance of staying safe on the road.
“I am pleased to name Jordan a UK Point of Light.”
Jordan was a passenger in a car which crashed on May 7, 2005, when the vehicle skidded on a wet road and crashed on to its roof.
The young driver and two other passengers escaped without injury but Jordan suffered a category six neck break, making her a tetraplegic meaning she is unable to use all four limbs.
Since the crash, Jordan has been motivated to not let the accident be a barrier to following her own passions.
Nine years on, she now delivers focus groups on road safety and workshops in schools and colleges including Streetlife Driving School, reaching more than 400 young people through the charity Fixers.
She was a panelist at a road safety forum in September last year and has lobbied transport ministers and MPs about the importance of the issue.
Jordan said: “I feel that my Fixers charity project is important to make young people aware about the choices they make on the road.
“Young people need to be aware that when they are in control of a car they need to think about passengers, pedestrians, themselves and other drivers. I had a lot taken away from me at 15. It was very tough and I am hoping that my story can help inspire up-and-coming young drivers and make a difference.”
Fixers chief executive Morgo Horsley said: “Jordan worked with Fixers to produce a short film warning young people to take care on the roads.
“She has campaigned tirelessly to ensure that young people understand the importance of road safety, and Fixers couldn’t be more proud of her.”
As well as road safety campaigning, Jordan has her own fashion Youtube channel, which gives confidence tips and inspires others through her posts.
She said: “I have my own fashion tutorial shows.
“I try and get people to realise that they can do amazing things despite whatever difficulties they may have in life.”
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said “I’m truly delighted that Jordan has won this much sought after award from the prime minister.
“I’ve met Jordan a number of times at Fixers events – she is a truly inspirational person who, after her own dreadful accident, has devoted her life to helping others.
“I can think of no more deserving winner, and she’s done both West Norfolk and her country proud.”
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