Wendy Thompson I have been a keen supporter of the Durham Music Service since 2010 when my daughter took her first flute lessons. As she, and then her sister progressed with their lessons and began to attend the District, Regional and then County Big Band and Orchestra I became more involved as a parent supporter, watching the concerts, making teas, organising raffles etc. The opportunity to become a Trustee came up and I saw an opportunity to try and encourage other parents and carers, any of whom are also great supporters of the Service to help out and support where possible. I have also recently taken up the opportunity for adult lessons through DMS and am currently learning the saxophone with my aim being to get a Grade 1. In my professional life, I have been many things – I have run my own chocolate business, a school secretary and am now a Senior Planning officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park a job which takes me out and about in some of the most stunning scenery in the country. I have two daughters, one of whom is studying at the Leeds Conservatoire, furthering the love of music she has gained through the Durham Music Service and the other is studying A Level music and is still involved in the music service ensembles and lessons.