Ipswich: Brave Beccy Harold marries her ‘rock’ after suffering life-changing injuries in Foxhall Road crash which killed her sister and best mate
IPSWICH: She was told by doctors she would never walk again.
In February 2009, Beccy Harold was heading home from a night out with her sister Emma and their friend Kate Wasyluk when a speeding driver ploughed into them in Foxhall Road.
Emma, 26, and 25-year-old Kate were killed and Beccy suffered life-changing injuries, leaving her in a wheelchair for months.
But on Saturday, Beccy defied the odds, walking down the aisle to marry her “rock” Liam Rutter, the man who has been at her side throughout her devastating ordeal.
The couple, who have two children – Letisha, ten, and four-year-old Hayden – tied the knot at Trinity Park, near Ipswich, in front of their family and friends.
And for bride Beccy, a collage of photos of Emma and Kate projected into the centre of the celebrations meant the treasured pair were never far from anyone’s thoughts.
The 27-year-old, who lives in Renfrew Road, Ipswich, said preparations for the wedding and the big day itself evoked mixed emotions for the bride and her family.
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Beccy said: “It was a very emotional day.
“All the planning and getting to Saturday was really hard.
“For my dad, it was especially hard. I will be the last daughter he walks down the aisle. He should have walked Emma down the aisle on his arm.
“Emma was engaged and she should have got married before me.”
When Emma was killed in the horrific crash, she had her whole life ahead of her and she was engaged to marry her fiance, Mohammed Alibrahimi.
For Beccy, planning her nuptials should have been a time of unbounding excitement.
But instead of having Emma by her side as a bridesmaid, Beccy has faced dress fittings and preparations without her beloved sister.
Having discussed every hope and dream for her big day with Emma, the last year – since Liam proposed while she was in hospital – has been traumatic.
She said: “For me, trying on wedding dresses without Emma and my mum has been very hard. Emma should’ve been here with me, she should have been my bridesmaid.
“There was a huge part missing. I think I had come to terms with mum not being there to see me get married because she died when I was 13.
“But when I imagined my wedding day with Liam, I always pictured my sister being there.
“We always talked about our wedding days, all the plans we had, I have tried to carry on all the plans we made together.”
The new Mrs Rutter said her big day had been “lovely”, a chance for her nearest and dearest to get together and celebrate something “so special”.
She said: “It was a day of real mixed emotions. We have all been through some very difficult times.
“I hope they were looking down and liked the day, I hope they would be proud of me.
“I was told I would never walk again. I am so pleased to be able to walk down the aisle. I was determined to do it.”
For Beccy, the memories of that life-changing day in February 2009 will never leave her, but with Liam by her side, she said she is looking forward.
“Liam has been a great support to me, he is my rock,” she added. “He has more than proven he loves me and will always be here for me, through anything.
“I couldn’t have faced the last two years without him.”
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