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Well-wishers get bride to the church on time

PUBLISHED: 12:47 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:20 23 August 2010

PHEW: Married.

PHEW: Married.

A BRIDE who was snowed-in on her wedding day has praised kind-hearted rescuers who drove her to church in their 4x4 jeeps. Karen Lee, formerly Rawlins, of Hill House Road, Dartford, was devastated when she woke up to find a carpet of thick snow on her we

big day: Right, rescuers arrive to help bride Karen Rawlins beat the snow. Left, married with husband John.

A BRIDE who was snowed-in on her wedding day has praised kind-hearted rescuers who drove her to church in their 4x4 jeeps.

Karen Lee, formerly Rawlins, of Hill House Road, Dartford, was devastated when she woke up to find a carpet of thick snow on her wedding day last Friday.

She feared her big day would have to be cancelled with several inches falling around the picturesque Dode church in the village of Dode, near Luddesdown and leaving travel treacherous.

But after calling BBC Radio Kent in a plea for help she was delighted when dozens of listeners called in to the Premier Inn, Gravesend, where the wedding party had spent the night and then drove them and their 40 guests to the venue.

Mrs Lee, who saved up for 18 months to fund the wedding to John Lee, 35, said she was 'overwhelmed' by all the help, but is still upset that her wedding did not go to plan and that she will have to delay her honeymoon.

Speaking after the wedding 42-year-old said: "Everybody has been so good, so I feel bad about complaining, but it is just not the wedding I had imagined.

"We chose that church because it was so peaceful and picturesque, but it turned out to be a fiasco."

She said they were going to book a last minute holiday at a ski resort next month but the money they had saved up was spent on contingency catering.

But the mother-of-two added: "It was wonderful when all those people started volunteering to help, it was magical, especially in the snow."

Mrs Lee, who has two sons from a previous marriage - Daniel, 23 and Lee, 18 - has been with Mr Lee for eight years.

Her sister Tracey Spellman, 41, of Priory Close, Dartford, who was staying at the hotel in Wrotham Road, Gravesend, with her, said: "I woke up at 3am and saw the snow falling and I just sat there until Karen woke up at 6am.

"We had some breakfast and decided to call it off. But then we decided to call the radio as a last ditch idea and they were brilliant. They must have called us 20 times with offers of cars to get us there, it was overwhelming really."

After they dropped them off at the church, the volunteers, driving 4x4 vehicles, drove the party to the Leather Bottle in The Street, Cobham.

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