Before long, Danuta was making the beanies for relatives, Princess Margaret and Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals and Dot’s Place, the Cancer Council’s support centre in Bunbury.
More than 350 brightly coloured hats later she has branched into cot blankets for Pregnancy Help and rugs and hats for nursing homes.
‘My neighbour’s daughter was my inspiration and my craft group (at Concordia Lutheran Church in Duncraig) inspires me too,’ she said.
‘Chemotherapy and radiotherapy bring their own climate.
‘Children and adults having treatment suffer from the cold and personal experience with friends and family amply demonstrates the need.
‘Knitted or crocheted hats lend comfort and warmth for a little effort. The bright colours and cute designs bring a smile to the wearers.’
Danuta, who crochets about four hours a day, hopes others will follow her lead.