Brave bride’s charity ball

Carrie is preparing to wear her wedding dress again, in support of the Yorkshrie Air Ambulance, which came to her rescue six years ago
Carrie is preparing to wear her wedding dress again, in support of the Yorkshrie Air Ambulance, which came to her rescue six years ago

A Morley mum who was forced to cancel her wedding after a car crash has organised a charity ball to support the medics who saved her life.

Carrie Cheeseman, now 41, and her two young children were hit by a car near their home back in 2009, just a fortnight before she was due to marry her partner Stephen.

After being airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance suffering major multiple injuries, Carrie had to spend a month recovering in Leeds General Infirmary and several more weeks recuperating at home.

She finally walked down the aisle in August 2010, and will now wear her wedding dress again for the glitzy ball at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds next month.

All proceeds will be donated to the running of the air ambulance, which costs £12,000 a day to operate - the equivalent of £4.4million per year.

In a dramatic twist, Stephen was also evacuated by the charity’s helicopter following a cycle accident six months after the crash, while he was training for a triathlon.

Carrie, who lives on Topcliffe Court, has even asked female guests to wear their own wedding frocks in celebration.

“It’s going to be a fantastic evening and I hope as many people as possible will join us and help raise a lot of money for Yorkshire Air Ambulancee. Although you can wear anything for the ball, a group of my friends are also going to be squeezing into their wedding dresses to help me celebrate which is just great,” said Carrie, who married Stephen at the Marriott.

“People and companies have been incredibly generous with auction lots and raffle prizes and the evening is all about having an amazing time for a fabulous cause.”

The ball will take place on Saturday October 10 and tickets are priced at £45, to include a three-course meal, welcome drink, DJ, band, casino, raffle and auction.

“The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is something that you just don’t think you will ever need but it is there for everyone,” added Carrie, who has been an active fundraiser for the charity since her accident, along with Stephen and her mum Carol Bradbury.

Anyone is welcome to attend the ball. For more information and to buy tickets please contact Carrie on 07930 065356.