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Businessman and philanthropist Graham Wylie has became one of the North East's most successful businessmen after co-founding The Sage Group, the UK's biggest software company in 1981.

For many people the West End Food Bank in Newcastle provides a lifeline to surviving in austerity Britain. Set up by Michael Nixon and his late friend Steve Metcalfe in 2013 the food bank is now the biggest in Britain.

Lynn from North Shields, is the founder of Pathways4All, a charity which provides recreational activities and support for children with disabilities and additional needs.

Emily was just nine when an aerosol which was thrown into a garden fire exploded, causing serious facial injuries.

Blake was in the pool while on holiday in France with his younger sister Tilly, his mum Victoria and her husband David last year, when he spotted another child’s lifeless body at the bottom.

Ivan started his fundraising nine years ago after his newborn son Sebastian had life-saving surgery at the Children’s Heart Unit, at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Lynne and Cheryl set up their Community Corner charity four years ago, which sells donated goods to raise money for worthy causes in South Tyneside. They have been dubbed “angels in the community” as they dedicate their days to making people’s lives better.

Today we arrived at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle to greet our judging panel comprising of local football legend Steve Howey, TV favourite Denise Welch, Paralympic hero Stephen Miller MBE, ITV Tyne Tees and Border presenter Pam Royle, Strategic Head of Operations for the North East Ambulance Service Douglas McDougall , TSB Area Director Bev Gibson, Pride of Britain Editorial Director Shiraz Lalani and last year’s winner Lynn Lucas. Our chair Darren Thwaites was unfortunately unwell so Chronicle Live Editor Helen Dalby stepped into the role to head up proceedings.

We're proud to launch this year's Pride of the North East Awards in partnership with TSB, and we need your nominations to find 2018’s deserving and inspirational winners of this incredible region. 

Abbie experienced a difficult childhood and a strained relationship with her family growing up. This meant that from a young age, she had to become independent in the family home and take herself to and from school.

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