Celebrating Volunteer Week 2023 and 10 years of DKMS in the UK, fundraiser and supporter, Barbara Baldwin tells us about her beautiful knitted creations, all designed with DKMS in mind!
Location: Lives in Surrey
Occupation: Retired. Was a neuropsychologist, working for 40 years in the NHS, including Westminster Children's Hospital..
Hopes for 2023, current hopes: DKMS is hope for the future.
What amusing or interesting phrase do you think the initials DKMS could stand for in English?: Donating Knitting Means Supporting (Chances).
Barbara supports DKMS in her own special way, creating and selling her beautiful knitted figures and decorations at craft fairs across her local region. Every penny raised is donated to DKMS ❤️ She has raised over £2,000 and is still knitting!
We asked her why she felt it so important to support DKMS.
During the Covid lockdown, my daughter-in-law's nephew, Joey, aged seven, needed a stem cell transplant. Fortunately, DKMS were able to identify a donor and facilitate his transplant. He is now well and has just celebrated his 3rd rebirthday.
I worked for the NHS for 40 years as a neuropsychologist, during which time I worked closely with children. I know the importance of the work DKMS do and give them my support.
After Joey’s transplant, I suggested to my granddaughter that we have a stall at her school's Christmas fair, for which I knitted a few Santas. Sadly, the Christmas fair was cancelled due to Covid but I kept on knitting.
Now I have a range of Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other decorations which I sell in support of DKMS. I have had a few health issues recently and the knitting has been therapeutic for me as well as raising money for DKMS. I have to work months in advance - I am currently knitting mini witches for Halloween!
DKMS does not roll off the tongue, so people do not immediately know the name.
Raising even more awareness of DKMS. If everyone knew more about DKMS they may be more open to signing up to be a potential donor - people don’t realise how wonderful it is to be a donor.