img_9312Manraj  Kaur Sanghera

I’m Manraj, but everyone calls me Raj. I was born and raised in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in a traditional Indian (Sikh) family. However, I have lived in Harrogate, North Yorkshire since 2000. I live here with my husband, two daughters (10 & 8) and my son (14).

I am a Secondary school teacher at a local school. Alongside being a teacher I am also a Fundraiser for Children’s Charities including Martin House Children’s Hospice (we spend a lot of time here) and Bliss (Charity for Sick and Premature Babies). I was privileged enough to be asked to be a founding Trustee for a local charity ‘The Rainbow Fund’. We raise money for local children and families, much like my own.

I can often be found in and around Harrogate, Leeds and London peering into shoe shops, fashion houses and of course sitting in a local cafe (especially Betty’s Tearooms unfortunately they don’t have free wifi though!) researching the latest trends in shoes, accessories (I love a great handbag!), fashion (for me and my daughters) and beauty products.

Although, sometimes I just need a quite moment to watch the world pass by and contemplate the journey and challenges we face everyday with our complex family.

So, if you are interested in learning more or collaborating with me, and are happy to be featured in my blog or are an aspiring brand, parent or blogger who is searching for a platform to launch do contact me. I am sure we can work together in some way!

Contact me on email: mommaupnorth@gmail.com


I am a mum to a very special boy called Arjun who is life-limiting and suffers with a range of physical and developmental disabilities. Suffice to say life is complicated, more so since he has two younger sisters, both of whom were premature too. Simran (10), was born at 29 weeks and Priya (8) at 34 weeks.


Pregnancy, motherhood and parenting has been challenging, exhilarating and heartbreaking for me and my husband.

I hope to help families who have experienced, or are experiencing such challenges in their lives with their children. I hope by sharing our stories it will help others to see they are not alone. I hope to challenge the taboo of discussing, sometimes difficult issues surrounding pregnancy, disability and cultural misunderstandings surrounding these topics.

So, please, join us on our journey through parenting such a complex family.

I promise it will be both hilarious and emotional!