A one-time blushing bride is preparing to don her wedding dress again, six years after a horrific accident forced her to postpone her big day.
Carrie Cheeseman and her two young children were hit by a car near their Morley home in November 2009 just two weeks before she was due to get married to fiance Stephen.
I’m going to wear my wedding dress - even if it has to be taken out a bit - and hopefully a lot of other women coming to the ball will do the same.CArrie Cheeseman
She suffered a number of serious injuries, including a broken neck, and was airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, spending a month in Leeds General Infirmary.
Her son Maxwell, just two years old at the time, had head injuries and then nine-month baby Scarlett suffered broken ribs and a lacerated liver.
All three survived and have since made complete recoveries.
Their story was featured on BBC show Helicopter Heroes several months later.
Carrie and Stephen, of Topcliffe Court, finally made it down the aisle the following August and will soon celebrate five years of marriage.
To mark the occasion, 41 year-old Carrie will be back in her white dress later this year at a nuptial-themed fundraising ball for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who she credits with helping to save her life.
“I wanted to do something as it’s coming up to five years after we married,” she said. “It’s going to be a fantastic evening and I hope we can raise a lot of money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
“So many people just wear their dress once and then it’s bagged up and put away.
“I’m going to wear my wedding dress - even if it has to be taken out a bit - and hopefully a lot of other women coming to the ball will do the same.”
“The air ambulance is something that you don’t think you will ever need but it is there for everyone.
“Everyone I came into contact with in the NHS was amazing and they all do a wonderful job. Even though I was so badly injured, I had a very positive experience in hospital thanks to them.”
After being forced to rearrange their big day, Carrie and Stephen decided to make the event a much bigger affair and wed at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds in front of nearly 200 people.
Remembering her walk down the aisle in 2010, Carrie said that the accident’s impact added to the magnitude of the big day.
“They opened the doors at the back of the room and I burst into tears,” she said.
“They had to close the doors again so I could compose myself before I eventually took the walk.”
But with the trauma of 2009 firmly behind them, Carrie and her family are now determined to ensure that others are able to receive the potentially life-saving care and treatment the ambulance service can offer.
The ball will be held at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday October 10. Tickets are £45 and include a three-course meal, welcome drink, DJ and band, casino, raffle and auction. To enquire about tickets, contact 07930065356.