CAREERS: How I Got Here - David Fielding, community fundraiser, Cancer Research UK

What was your first job? I was a police cadet for two years before joining the regular police force in Cheshire.

What does your current role involve? As a community fundraiser at Cancer Research UK, I cover Merseyside, the Wirral, Lancashire and the Isle of Man. I encourage people to get involved, to organise sponsored events and have responsibility for groups of volunteers who work in their own communities.

Roughly outline your career path After several years in the police force, I moved to the private security sector, which involved a lot of worldwide travel. My wife died of cancer in 1996, leaving me to look after our three children without benefits. As a result, I took a number of short-term contract jobs closer to home. Last July, because of what life had thrown at me, I joined Cancer Research UK. When cancer strikes it hits a whole family for years to come. I am totally committed to securing much needed funds in the hope that a cure will be found to rid the world of this disease.

What has been your greatest career achievement? My greatest achievement outweighs anything I've done in my career. I took on the Government at the European Court of Human Rights and won.

After my wife died, it became apparent that widowers with children were not eligible for the childcare benefits available to widows with children.

I embarked on a personal campaign, assisted by human rights group, Liberty, and three years later won a landmark victory that gave widowers equal status to widows.

What training course has most enhanced your career? The best training I ever received was during the early part of my career as a young policeman. It gave me the confidence and abilities to cope with most things in life.

What is your advice to people starting out in the sector? You must believe in what you do.

Are there any charities that you support financially or with time? Only Cancer Research UK.

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