ENSURING THE BAND PLAYED ON Members of Long Eaton Silver Band describe Mayor's Award winner Lisa Balsom as a "saint". The tenor horn player juggles her time with the band with her job as a nurse at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and often uses her nursing skills to help band members. The 37-year-old, of Pares Way, Ockbrook, was nominated by Sharon Stansfield, the band's musical director. She said that, without Miss Balsom's dedication when band membership was in decline, it may have folded. Miss Balsom was secretary and carried out other tasks to ensure the band survived. Mrs Stansfield said: "She really cares about people. An ex-band member was in hospital and she visited him twice a day and was taking him presents and doing his washing. She's always ready to help others." Miss Balsom, who has given 21 years' service to the band, remained modest about her award. She said: "I'm just doing what other people would do. I'm very pleased and proud of the award and I'm chuffed that somebody would think me worthy of it."