All this week we have been celebrating the kindness and commitment of all the finalists for our ITV Local Hero award.
Dr Joseph Chandy, Eleanor Houliston, Beryl Winter and Alex Waters were among those nominated by you for making a real difference in their community.
A tough decision for our judging panel, which included Paralympic and World Championship swimming gold medallist Josef Craig, from South Shields.
ITV News Tyne Tees presenter, Pam Royle, broke the news to this year's winner.
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