I remember hanging upside down in my car with
Jonathon Ross' Saturday show playing out of the
speakers. It was the 27 January 2007, 11.30am. I still
remember the date and time. I had been driving down
to York on the A1 with my friend Zoe, when we were
run off the road by a red car. I knew the moment it cut
up in front of us that we were going to crash and there
was nothing I could do to stop it. I remember swerving
to avoid the red car, then swerving again to avoid the
central reservation. Then we went into a spin across
the 2 lanes of the motorway and I remember thinking
over and over again, "I'm still here, I'm still here." Then
my side of the car hit the ground and we rolled landing
on the roof. This all happened at 70mph - the red car
As you can imagine, my car was a "write off", but
thankfully me and Zoe were ok. Although we weren't
badly hurt, the accident still had a major impact on me.
I started to question - "why us, why then, what if". I
heard about other car crashes in the news where
people had died or had serious injuries. I kept on
thinking, and sometimes still do, "why am I still here?
Why did we get out ok?" I think the thing that upset me
the most was that the driver of the red car didn't stop -
to this day, they don't know if they killed 2 people.
Marty and I never thought we'd get married. We had
been together for nearly 3 years at that point, bought
our first flat, we even had a dog. But the events of that
day changed everything. We both knew that the day
could have had a totally different outcome.
On a pleasant day that March on Bamburgh beach,
Marty proposed. What followed was 18 months of
manic saving and planning. I'm not a girly girl, so I
found it hard to get excited about invites, tiaras and
flower arrangements. But on the big day itself, 4
September 2008, I couldn't stop smiling all day.
So from such a horrendous, frightening event nearly 2
years ago, something great and wonderful happened.
We didn't think getting married would change anything,
but it has in little ways (good ways) that are hard to