ITV Local Hero 2012, Tyne Tees and Border winner, Wendy Brading describes the humbling experience of being nominated and urges anyone thinking of nominating someone this year to "just do it, don't waste time".
Watch the full interview with Pam and Ian here:
More top news
The constituency of Washington and Sunderland West includes the UK's largest car plant, which was opened by Nissan in 1984.
This seat was formed prior to the 2010 General Election, taking in Sunderland city centre and the Ryhope area to the south.
The constituency of Stockton South includes relatively affluent areas like Yarm and Eaglescliffe.