When I was 15, a friend and I got a lift in a car with a boy we knew. He had just passed his test, but it seemed like a good idea to take a ride in the car.
But soon after we got in the car, we skidded on wet roads and crashed. The car flipped and the fire service needed to cut me from the wreckage.
My neck was broken in the crash. Since then, I have to use a wheelchair.
I have lost all movement in my limbs, though I have restored some of it in my hands and arms. And while life can be tough, I am determined not to let my injuries be a barrier to a fulfilling life.
I’m working with Fixers now to not only encourage young people to drive safely, but to take care of their lives and to consider the choices they make. Some of the choices you make can change your life, and you should always assess what could go wrong.
Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:
Amy Cocker Ben Hurtley Bethany O'Brien Chelsea Dyke Eleanor Bradley Emma Garner Esther Greg Hannah Brook
Hannah Wescombe Holly Franklin James Laybourn Katie Utting Mesha Wright Murray Grant Rachel Flaxman Stuart Hornett Gabbi Ryan
The ambulance service (from the NHS) for the East of England, who helped me after the accident, support my Fixers campaign. Carl Smith, a paramedic with the service, also supports my project and appeared in the story featured on ITV News in March 2013.
After seeing my story on ITV News in March 2013, Street Life Young Driver Education invited me to speak at one of their young drivers courses in Colchester in July 2013.
Equal Lives The team at Equal Lives support my project. Matthew Talbot and Maxine Sinclair from the organisation agreed to appear in one of my TV films, broadcast in July 2015.
September 2014 I’ve been recognised by the Prime Minister for my voluntary work involving young people and road safety. In September, it was announced that I’d won a Points of Light Award.
The accolade has been developed in partnership with a programme in America and it acknowledges volunteers that make a change in their community.
News of my award win has appeared in the Eastern Daily Press. Click on the image below to read the article.
I showed my support for Fixers by encouraging others to vote for them as the UK's 'Best Charity' in the National Lottery Awards. To find out more, read the Lynn News article.
I was highly commended by Brake's 2young2die Awards for creatively promoting road safety. I received a certificate and my campaign was promoted by the road safety charity Brake through media and social networking.
Fixer Jordan Bone with her certificate for promoting road safety
January 2014 I have won a vInspired regional award (East) for my all round commitment to volunteering.It’s an award that recognises and celebrates young people and youth workers who’ve made an extraordinary contribution to their communities through volunteering.
Lynn News featured an article about my award win. Click here to read the story.
November 2013 My story was featured in The Sun. Click on the image below to read the article.
My story was featured on a double page spread in Look magazine. Click on the image below to read the full piece.
New Mobility, a magazine for wheelchair users, has also included an article about me. Click here to read it.
I was a panellist at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum in London which brought together Fixers, politicians, road safety experts and representatives from the emergency services.
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker were among those there to discuss road safety for young people.
Conclusions from the event are going to be presented to the Department for Transport in a ‘Fixers Green Paper’ as a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Road Safety Green Paper.
My MP Henry Bellingham attended the event to support the campaign and commended my work, saying:
'I was delighted to have a chance to meet my constituent, Jordan Bone, who really is an incredibly brave and remarkable person. She has turned a dreadful adversity into an opportunity to try and help other people, prevent injuries and save other lives.'
Following my attendance at the Forum, I was invited to a studio discussion on ITV News Anglia. You can watch the full broadcast piece by clicking here.
Fixer Jordan and her MP Henry Bellingham at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum
I was highly commended for my work with Fixers in the 2young2die awards which aims to improve the lives of young people by making them aware of the dangers they face, and what they can do to avoid potentially life-threatening risks.
I am really pleased that my Fixers campaign is being recognised. I’ve managed to turn my life around and I feel quite proud of myself for pursuing my campaign, something I wouldn’t have thought I was capable of before the crash.
Alongside workshops on road safety, I was invited to talk about my personal experience with a road accident, and my experience with Fixers.
Following the success of my Fixers project, I made a short video speaking about the work I have done with Fixers, and how Fixers can help other young people make a difference to areas they feel passionate about.
You can see the video below.
I also gave a talk to a group of young people who are taking part in the National Citizen Service, making them aware of my project with Fixers and how they can make a difference to others.
Shortly after my broadcast piece, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk to talk about my project.
Alongside this, my story has gone to a variety of publications including the Daily Mail, the Harborough Mail, the Derbyshire Times, and the Lynn News.
I had some great feedback from my Fixers film on road safety, here is what people have said about my project:
Hannah Brook (17)
'The film really makes you think twice about driving and about getting into young people's cars. It really made you listen to her story and it was well presented.'
Esther Grey (24)
'Makes me want to be a safe and sensible driver and not take risks.'
Joseph Anderson (19)
'It was very eye opening. I know the dangers of driving already but hearing somebody's story will make me a more cautious driver.'
Emily Willson (16)
'I think this is very inspiring and will definitely make me feel more strongly and think twice before getting in a car with a young driver. I also think Jordan is inspiring and will help other teenagers who are in the same situation.'