"After leaving university, I knew I wanted to work in the charity sector. In what exact role, and for what organisation, I remained unsure. Attracted by the combination of research possibilities and proactive fundraising, I applied for a role at PCRC, where I started in December 2017.

Although I had experience in the charity sector, working at Toynbee Hall and Community Links before joining PCRC, I found that myself facing two relative unknowns; Trust Fundraising and medical research.

Six months later, both seem far more familiar.

One basic question is at the heart of my current role of Fundraising & Research Officer; “Why should you give to Prostate Cancer Research Centre?”

In short, it is because we are a fantastic organisation that conducts much needed research into an underfunded disease.

I can say that with confidence because I’ve seen how this charity is striving to be the best it can be in every possible way. We try to ensure that every decision is made with our ultimate goal in mind. This means having a clear idea of our eventual goal, working out how to get there, and then making it as likely as possible to happen. First and foremost, this comes down to making sure that the research we fund is as good as it can be, and being prepared to adapt in the future if we ever find better ways to achieve our goal… Rather quickly, that one simple question spawns endless ‘ifs, buts, and maybes’.

My time is shared between helping us to answer some of these questions, and communicating the answers to anyone interested in PCRC – for me, mainly grant-giving charitable trusts. Doing so has led me to an array of interesting tasks, from helping to formulate PCRC’s ‘theory of change’, setting up Researchfish, and producing our forthcoming impact report, all whilst learning about the world of medical research, funding, and treatment.

It was particularly interesting to attend a recent Association of Medical Research Charities workshop, where I shared ideas with representatives from other medical charities about how we can use data to improve research strategies and communicate the power of charity-funded research.

Above all, however, the most memorable part of my time at PCRC so far has been visiting the laboratories at King’s College London to meet some of our scientists and discuss their work. Seeing PCRC’s marathon runners do the same at a lab tour, and listening to Louise Milne tell her story, really brought home why data, research and ‘theories of change’ truly matter; PCRC has a duty to every single one of our supporters to do all we can to save lives through research.

I am excited to continue exploring and contributing to this worthy cause".

Daniel Scales