Family raises cash after rescue by air ambulance

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A woman whose daughter was left fighting for life in a crash is raising money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance as a thank you to the crews who raced her to hospital.

Carol Bradbury, aged 62, from Penistone, is so grateful for the air ambulance getting her daughter Carrie Cheeseman to hospital in a race-against-time she is now an official fundraiser and gives talks about the charity.

Carrie, now 39, who grew up in Penistone, was crossing a road with her two young children, Maxwell and Scarlett, when they were hit by a car.

Carrie, who was due to get married two weeks later, broke her neck, back, pelvis, several ribs, both legs, a shoulder blade, and an arm, and suffered a punctured lung.

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

Carol said: “It was a real shock. I was initially told they were all fine and so to see Carrie in hospital all smashed to smithereens and Scarlett in bed looking so poorly was awful.

“But Carrie was amazing, so determined to get home as soon as possible.

“Despite her injuries, her recovery has been remarkable. She has always had such a positive attitude.

“We just feel we want to give something back. The air ambulance is a service which is there for everyone and is totally dependent on donations and fundraising.

“I have always done charity work but this is a charity that is particularly close to my heart now.

“I did not realise it receives no Government funding but it is so well run, and I am more than happy to tell as many people as possible why it deserves our support.”

Carrie, who now lives in Morley, said: “The air ambulance is something you hope never to use and I never thought we would.

“The air ambulance crew were so fantastic and we as a family really wanted to do something to show our appreciation.”