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Retired nurse wins award for global sight-saving work

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A retired ophthalmic nurse from Glasgow has won an award for volunteer work for a sight saving charity.

Pauline Dabydeen was unveiled this month as the winner of the Daily Record newspaper’s “Our Hero 2013” award.

The awards, which took place on Friday 10 May, celebrate the courage and achievements of ordinary people from all sections of society in Scotland.

Ms Dabydeen decided at 60 after retiring as an ophthalmic nurse at Gartnavel General Hospital to share her knowledge by volunteering with the charity ORBIS.

For 10 years she taught local clinical teams around the world to help carry out sight saving operations, undertaking more than 30 placements in some of the world’s poorest countries.

At the awards ceremony she won the “Our Caring Hero” category, before going on to win the overall “Our Hero 2013” award.

Ms Dabydden said: “I am thrilled and honoured to have won the awards. Working with ORBIS has given me some of the best years of my life.

“The people we helped humbled me and made me so grateful for what I have. That experience showed me that making people happy is so much more important than making money.”

ORBIS spokeswoman Krishani Ranaweera added: “It is fantastic to see her support being publicly recognised and celebrated in this way.

“Without the support of volunteers like Pauline, ORBIS wouldn’t be able to carry out its sight-saving work around the world. We are extremely grateful to Pauline for the work she has done.”

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