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Netmums website founders awarded OBEs

One of the co-founders of parental support website Netmums has said her OBE recognises the achievements of all mothers.

Sally Russell, who started the site in 2000 with two other young mothers, said she felt "humbled" to receive the award.

Sally Russell photographed with Prime Minister David Cameron at the Netmums offices in 2012. Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Archive/Press Association Images

She and co-founders Siobhan Freegard and Cathy Court all receive the OBE in the New Year Honours list.

Mrs Russell said: "It's not so much a personal recognition but a recognition of what's been achieved by mums all over the country.

"We're really delighted that it has recognised that through something as simple as the internet we can make a difference to people's lives and that's what motivated us in the first place and still motivates us today, and it's lovely to see that recognised in the wider world.

"It's extremely exciting and of course it's also a huge personal honour. I feel very humbled, it wasn't expected at all."

The three women met when their eldest sons were at playgroup together and decided to set up a local website to help other young mothers in their area.

Since then has grown to become Britain's biggest parenting site, with 1.6 million members.

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