International Women's Day 2022

Date: 08 March 2022

Time: 14:00

IWD Donna

In support of International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March 2022), we’re sharing the career journeys of some of our inspirational colleagues throughout the day to help inspire others.

Read the story of Donna Law, Charity and Fundraising Manager, below.

You can be whatever you want to be!

My career is testament to this belief - journalist, company director, media lecturer and fundraiser are all on my CV.

I am incredibly thankful for my varied career and I have created many job opportunities due to self-belief, a willingness to learn and an ability to step outside of my comfort zone.

When I have needed to change jobs, due to circumstance or family commitments, I have just gone for it. Life is for living. Taking risks, although scary, can pay huge dividends and lead to massive personal and professional growth.

I haven’t been able to do everything; I’ve made many mistakes along the way and I have had to fake it until I made it on many occasions. However, through education and a great work ethic I know I can progress in any field.

I started my career in 1996 with the Kent Messenger Group working on its daily and weekly newspapers. I spent eight years there in various reporting and sub-editing roles.

After having my first son in 2003, I decided to reduce my hours. While working part-time, a friend and I set up a Public Relations (PR) company and I worked in this business flexibly while my children were small.

I had many wonderful clients and things were going really well until the financial crash of 2008. Many companies brought their PR in- house, so I had to adapt and change. I kept the clients who wanted me; said goodbye to the ones no longer happy to pay my rate and decided to give media lecturing a go.

I had no teaching experience but what I did have was professional experience. I was appointed because of my passion and the belief I would work hard and fit in with the existing team. I did work hard; I got my Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) while lecturing but it wasn’t for me.

So, what was next? My friend worked for a charity and said you’d be great at the corporate development role with The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice, so I went for it! With no fundraising experience, I applied citing my ability to connect with people and my excellent communications skills. I got the job and stayed for four years, leaving to become Charity and Fundraising Manager here at Medway NHS Foundation Trust in 2017.

Gender inequality is thankfully something I haven’t experienced in the work place. I have benefitted massively from being challenged and encouraged and I have learnt so much from both male and female line managers.

I am always excited for where my life and career will take me. There are so many opportunities out there. If don’t like what you’re doing, don’t be afraid to leave. Be brave and embrace change - it may be the best thing you’ve ever done.

  • Summary:

    In support of International Women’s Day we’re sharing the career journeys of some of our inspirational colleagues throughout the day to help inspire others.

    Find out how Donna Law went from being a wordsmith to Charity and Fundraising Manager for The Medway Hospital Charity.