Bridal ball by thankful Leeds mum expected to raise thousands for lifesaving charity

Carrie Cheeseman (centre) with friends (left to right) Sarah Creed, Angela Hickson, Caroline Sams and Kim Voyce.
Carrie Cheeseman (centre) with friends (left to right) Sarah Creed, Angela Hickson, Caroline Sams and Kim Voyce.
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A Leeds mum who was forced to cancel her wedding after she and her two children were knocked down by a car six years ago has organised a marriage-themed fundraiser.

Carrie Cheeseman suffered major injuries during the horror crash outside her Morley home in November 2009 just a fortnight before she was due to get married, and was airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Carrie and both her children, Scarlett and Maxwell, recovered and she walked down the aisle at the Marriott Hotel, in Leeds, in August 2010.


The 41-year-old will be back at the venue in her wedding dress on Saturday October 10 for a special fundraising ball in aid of the YAA.

She said: “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.

“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.”

Carrie is now hoping hundreds of charity-minded guests say ‘I do’ to tickets to support the rapid response charity that helped to save her life.

During the 2009 car accident Carrie suffered breaks to her neck, back, pelvis, collar bone, several ribs, both legs, right shoulder blade and her right arm. Scarlett, who was nine months old, broke her ribs, pelvis and lacerated her liver, while Maxwell, then two, had a blow to the head, but they all fully recovered.

Carrie was due to marry partner Stephen 12 days after the accident, but the wedding was postponed. Six months later the YAA was also dispatched to rescue Stephen, 34, after he was involved in a cycling accident and he later recovered.

Tickets to the YAA fundraising ball cost £45 and feature a three-course meal, welcome drink, DJ, band, raffle and auction. For more information call 07930 065356.