A COUPLE who met in the internet are hoping to win a Mail competition and bring a joyous end to a rollercoaster year.
Amanda Pinkney, 23, and fiance David Simpson, 27, have had the elation of becoming parents and the nightmare of Amanda going through post-natal depression after the birth of daughter Ella, now almost one-year-old.
Full-time mum Amanda told the Mail: “It’s been a rollercoaster of a year with laughter, tears, joy and sadness.”
The couple, of Telford Close, in Hartlepool, are now hoping it culminates in a dream wedding by winning the Mail’s Bride of the Year competition run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
Amanda said: “A September wedding would be the icing on the cake for our little family.”
She and David, who works as a training mentor for npower in Peterlee, first met five years ago after chatting for months on the internet.
“We chatted online and David always made me laugh,” said Amanda, a former student at Sunderland University.
“We arranged to meet and, when we did, we could not stop talking and chatting all the time.”
The couple have now been engaged for two years and Amanda recalled how the proposal happened.
“It was on my 21st birthday and we were in a limo with about five friends. He asked me to marry him and I said yes.”
About one year later, the couple’s baby daughter Ella came into the world on March 21 last year, but the birth did not go smoothly and Amanda needed an assisted delivery.
She said she then suffered from post-natal depression and said: “I was at my all-time low.
“I felt I couldn’t look after our baby, that I was the worst mum in the world. I was ridden with guilt that I didn’t feel that instant rush of love for her that was suppose to feel.”
She said David was totally supportive and added: “It was hard for him to see me in bits, but everything is great now. I was more than capable of looking after our baby and the bond between mother and daughter did eventually come. I wouldn’t change our Ella for the world, she amazes me every day.”
Amanda said winning the Bride of the Year competition would “mean everything to us and make us a proper family.”