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South Yorkshire mum meets life-savers to launch appeal

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A mum left fighting for life in a crash which also injured her two children came face-to-face with the air ambulance medics who saved her at the launch of a new appeal.

Carrie Cheeseman, aged 40, was crossing a road with her two young children, Maxwell and Scarlett, when they were hit by a car.

She broke her neck, back, pelvis, several ribs, both legs, a shoulder blade, and an arm as well as suffering a punctured lung.

Scarlett suffered broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and a lacerated liver, and baby Maxwell sustained a blow to the head.

The family were rushed to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in a race against time.

Despite her injuries in the crash five years ago, Carrie - who grew up in Penistone - has made a good recovery.

She had the chance to thank paramedics Darrell Cullen and Sam Burgess when their helicopter touched down at the headquarters of healthcare business B Braun Medical Ltd in Chapeltown, Sheffield. The company has launched a campaign across South Yorkshire to help the ambulance charity.

The ‘175 Campaign’ - which marks B Braun’s 175th anniversary - encourages people to donate a minimum of £1.75 each towards the appeal by Christmas.

Hans Hux, chief executive of the firm, which has supported the air ambulance for almost 15 years, said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a vital resource. However, it relies entirely on public donations to keep it running - at a cost of £9,999 per day.

“If everybody across the region, businesses and individuals alike, dug into their pockets and gave just £1.75 each, we could make a real difference towards this invaluable, lifesaving service.”

Carrie now lives in Morley, Leeds.

n Visit www.justgiving.com/The175Campaign to donate, follow @The175Campaign on Twitter or ‘like’ www.facebook.com/the175campaign on Facebook.

 

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