Children First Derby trustees and staff members enjoyed a lovely afternoon together, as they bid a fond farewell to well respected Treasurer, David Ball, after 16 years of dedicated service.


Following a 30-year successful career at Rolls-Royce, Derby, qualified Chartered Accountant David retired in 2002. After enjoying a few short years of retirement, David was asked to take on the role of Treasurer at Children First Derby in 2006, after being recommended and introduced to the charity by then Treasurer, Colin McCardle.

Proving a dedicated Treasurer and Board member from the off, David brought with him a wealth of experience and expertise and has worked tirelessly over the years, reviewing, and introducing new systems to ensure the smooth and effective running of the charity’s finances.

He has been a regular visitor to the Children First Derby Office, where he has established fantastic working relationships with staff members, volunteers and trustees alike, proving to be a popular and well-respected member of the charity team.

Gathering at the Children First Derby office, charity members enjoyed reminiscing with David over a delightful lunch, followed by a speech from charity Chair, Fred Jacques.


Fred said:

We would like to thank David for his hard work and commitment to Children First Derby over the last 16 years, ensuring the effective running of the charity’s finances. We would also like to recognise the incredible contribution David has made to the charity’s staff members over the years. Working effectively to support our team, David is well thought of and universally recognised as being good to work with.

Evidence of David’s hands on approach was outlined by Fred’s amusing recollection of the Chatsworth Fountain coin collection. Where in 2018, having been nominated by the Duchess of Devonshire, Children First Derby were announced as the beneficiary of the Chatsworth Fountain collection.

As a result, over 800 hours of volunteering ensued, enlisting additional help from local scout groups, Motorpoint Derby and a team from Rolls Royce Aerospace Derby, collecting over 40 buckets of coins from the fountain which then needed cleaning, scraping, sorting and counting.

David and his wife Enid proved to be instrumental in the whole affair, housing over half the buckets in their garage and soaking the coins overnight in Coca-Cola in an attempt to remove over five years’ worth of moss and grime! Before rinsing, scrubbing, and drying all the coins.

Following much bemused negotiations with the bank, David then helped to transport all 40 buckets to the bank, in the pouring rain, completing the mammoth task which raised over £5,000 for the charity. 


After the speech, Fred presented David with a commemorative trophy to thank him for his incredible service to the charity and his wife Enid was presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her support.


David concluded proceedings by cutting a special Thank You cake, baked specially for the occasion by The Curly Cake Company, which was greatly enjoyed by all.


Thank you David for all your hard work over the years, you will be sorely missed.

We are pleased to announce that the Treasurer’s role is being left in the safe and capable hands of Children First Derby Trustee and Accountant, Fatimah Razak, who has been working closely with David to ensure the charity’s finances continue to operate smoothly and effectively.