Local heroine saves stranded bride on her big day

08 Jun 2017

When Derbyshire bride, Catherine Ashdown's wedding car broke down on her way to the church, a local lady came to her rescue

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On 3rd June, 2017, Catherine Ashdown was on her way to St Mary's Church in Wirksworth with her dad, Carl Veal, when the Rolls-Royce wedding car she was travelling in broke down. 

Stranded on the side of the road in tears, Catherine began to lose all hope until a local lady - Beth Atkinson - pulled up in her car and offered to take Catherine instead.

As Beth's son, Dougie, who has complex needs, was in the car, Beth could only accommodate Catherine. Luckily, wedding photographer, Sue Stringer of Photography for Life, was able to accomodate Carl - who is registered blind - in her car, kindly assisting in getting the bride and her father to the ceremony, albeit 45 minutes later than planned. 

While her wedding to husband, Tom, was a resounding success, it dawned on Catherine that in the commotion that had ensured earlier in the day she hadn't taken Beth's name.

As such, Sue Stringer launched an urgent appeal on Facebook to track her down. The search garnered more than 400 shares and within five hours, Beth had been found and was put in touch with Catherine.

To honour Beth's generosity, Catherine and Tom's family and friends have decided to run the Sheffield 10K to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice - which cares for Beth's son.

Catherine said: "I couldn't be more grateful to Beth for saving our wedding day - a true act of human kindness and we are truly thankful to her for stopping and rescuing me. I just hope that, going forward, we can repay her kindness and raise as much money as possible for Bluebell Hospice. Beth, from the bottom of my heart - thank you."

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