Beth Forster won Inspirational Leader for the support she gives her teams as area manager of Independent Supported Living for NEAS.

Not only does she provide advice and guidance to her teams, she also puts her own work on hold and goes into homes for up to 36 hours at a time to give additional support when required.

One member of staff said: "Her experience, knowledge and dedication is inspirational. I am very fortunate to have such a kind a caring colleague."

County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service sent Beth a special video message, below, as did Steve and Karen from Metro's Breakfast show: