Career ending injury doesn’t stop dad-of-two

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New BA (Hons) Business Studies and Management graduate Jordan Creeney.

Former RAF military man lost a leg in Afghanistan but returns to education and graduates with a First in business and management

Preston dad Jordan Creeney is a top-class trooper.

The former Royal Air Force (RAF) military man was injured out of the forces after losing a leg in Afghanistan, but that hasn’t stopped him forging ahead with a new career.

Despite having limited education qualifications, the 28-year-old dad-of-two has just graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with a first-class degree in business studies and management.

The former Hutton Grammar School pupil completed a metal working course at Myerscough College and did an apprenticeship before getting an infantry job with the RAF.

After he was medially discharged he decided to go back to study. He said: “I hadn’t really got many qualifications from school but I’d done a few in the RAF and juggled being in the military with a foundation degree.

“I run a small portfolio of rental properties so ideally I wanted to get some more qualifications to be able to take that further.”

It was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. I was used to physical demands, but this is more mental strength.

Jordan and his partner Amy, who live in Ashton, had a young son, Rowan, now four, at the time he started University and now also have a six-month-old daughter Lyla.

Although he found going back to study a challenge, he was determined to succeed.

The 28-year-old added: “I hate being idle and needed to do something. It was a challenge having to work around the children but a lot of my success was down to Amy. She took on a lot, especially when I had deadlines.

“It was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. I was used to physical demands, but this is more mental strength.”

He plans to continue studying and hopes to move into the marketing industry, adding: “I want to do something that Amy can be involved in. She gave up a lot and I wouldn’t mind doing something to do with the prosthetics side.”

Rachel Atkinson | 29 July 2019