Bride to wear her wedding dress again

Carrie Cheeseman pictured with her children Scarlet and Maxwell, at their home at Morley, Leeds.........4th April 2011.... Picture by Simon Hulme
Carrie Cheeseman pictured with her children Scarlet and Maxwell, at their home at Morley, Leeds.........4th April 2011.... Picture by Simon Hulme

A mum-of-two who was hit by a car just weeks before her planned wedding day, will wear her dress again to raise funds for the charity which helped save her life.

Carrie Cheeseman and her children Maxwell, then two, and Scarlett, then nine months, were hit near their Morley home, two weeks before her big day in 2009.

She was airlifted to hospital by Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and left with serious injuries, including a broken neck.

Carrie and fiance Stephen, of Topcliffe Court, were forced to postpone the wedding while she and the children recovered.

They finally made it down the aisle the following August.

As they celebrate five years of marriage, Carrie will be back in her dress again when she holds a nupital-themed fundraising ball to say thank you to the YAA.

She said: “My friends have always fancied going to balls and it is not something you do much after university. One of my friends has also mentioned in the past that she wants to wear her wedding dress again, so that’s where the idea comes from.

“It’s a chance to get dressed up and have a good time.”

The ball is taking place at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds, where Carrie and Stephen wed.

While former brides are encouraged to wear their dresses for the celebration, Carrie said the big day was more about “having a great time” and raising money for the charity she credits with helping to save her life.

People do not have to dress up to attend the ball, which takes place on Saturday, October 10. To buy tickets, at £45, contact 07930065356.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity which needs to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of its air ambulances in the air and maintained, the equivalent of £4.4 million every year.

It provides a life-saving rapid response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire.

The YAA attends more than 1,000 calls a year, an average of three each day.

Patients are transferred to the nearest relevant treatment centre at speeds of up 160mph.

A helicopter airlifted Carrie to Leeds General Infirmary after her accident, where she spent a month being treated. Maxwell had head injuries and baby Scarlett suffered broken ribs and a torn liver.