A law student and two volunteers with more than 20 years service are among the regional finalists in the Guide Dog of the Year Awards.
The ceremony, to be held in London, recognises the achievements of both the dogs and those who work with them.
Kelly Cronin, from York, has been nominated for the Young Persons Achievement Award and Peter Emmerson, from Durham, has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently training his 27th pup.
See Claire Montgomery's full report on the nominees here:
Among the other North East finalists in the event organised by The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is Brenda Spooner, from Middlesbrough, who has been nominated in the Fundraiser of the Year category.
The Chairman of the charity's North Tyneside branch, John Goldfinch, is also in the running for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work over the past 25 years.
Jake Burlace from Sunderland is also a nominee for the Young Person's Achievement Award. He started volunteering for Guide Dogs less than a year ago but has already made a significant contribution to the branch team.