Mum’s blog is in final of competition

A mum of three is celebrating after being reaching the final of a nation-wide blog awards for her website about being a parent in the north east.

Samantha Rickelton, from Cramlington, has reached the final of the fifth annual Mum and Dad (MAD) Blog Awards, which celebrate the UK’s parent blogging community.

Her blog, ‘North East Family Fun’, is one of five finalists up for the Best Family Fun award.

Samantha said: “To reach the final five is just truly wonderful.

“Writing my blog is one of my biggest passions in life and although I feel like such a novice at times when compared to others, I hope that my passion always comes through in my posts.

“I am particularly passionate about the north east and everything our fantastic region has to offer.

“There is so much fun to be had in the north east and I really hope my blog showcases the best of it.”

Samantha will find out if her blog is a winner in September, at a red carpet award ceremony in London.

For the next month, readers can vote for her blog by visiting the awards section on