When I was given the opportunity to work as an apprentice toolmaker for Dagenham Ford, I knew how lucky I was. Positions like that don’t come around very often and there are hundreds of school leavers anxious to secure them.
I was on my way to college as part of my apprenticeship on the day of the accident. I was sat in my Ford Fiesta on Purfleet Road at the junction of the A1306 waiting to pull out when a van travelling along the A1306 on my left suddenly pulled out in front of a BMW coming from the opposite direction. The BMW hit the side of the van and then ploughed into my car.
I can’t remember any details of the accident but when I woke up in hospital and realised the extent of my injuries I was terrified I would never walk again and that my career with Ford was over.