A couple who have fostered more than 100 children are among those from the North East to be recognised with MBEs in the New Year’s Honours List.
Linda and Ian Greener, from Chopwell in Gateshead have fostered for the last 20 years.
In that time they have opened their home to some of the region's most vulnerable youngsters.
Linda explains what it was like when she found out about they had been honoured:
Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer Josef Craig has received an MBE from the Queen at today's investiture ceremony.
Craig, who won the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, was the youngest Paralympic gold medallist at the London 2012 Games.
The 16-year-old swimmer, from South Shields, has been awarded an MBE for services to Paralympic Sport.