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Retired ophthalmic nurse shortlisted for award

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A charity volunteer and former nurse has been shortlisted for an award by a Scottish newspaper.

Pauline Dabydeen, a retired ophthalmic nurse and volunteer for sight saving charity ORBIS, has been shortlisted for the Daily Record’s “Our Heroes” awards. She is one of three finalists in the “Our Caring Heroes” category.

Ms Dabydeen recently flew her last voluntary trip with ORBIS but has travelled across the globe with them for 10 years.

After retiring as an ophthalmic nurse at Glasgow’s Gartnavel General Hospital at 60, she embarked on more than 30 volunteer placements with the charity, helping teach local clinicians how to carry out sight saving operations.

ORBIS spokeswoman Krishani Ranaweera said: “Volunteering as an ORBIS nurse requires a rare skill set – you need to be a fantastic teacher and coach, as well as an excellent carer. Pauline has those talents in abundance and she’s been such a valuable member of the team.

“Although she has retired from field work, we are so glad that she’s going to continue volunteering.”

ORBIS provides tools, training and technology necessary for local hospitals to develop long-term solutions to fight unnecessary blindness. Since it started 31 years ago, it has carried out 18.8 million medical and optical treatments.

The “Our Heroes” awards ceremony takes place on 10 May and celebrates the courage and achievements of ordinary people from around Scotland.

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