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Irene’s decade of crafty fundraising
Kind-hearted Irene Ordoyno, of Baildon, was so grateful to the surgeon who removed her cataracts that she has made and sold cards for his personal charity for the last decade.
Oliver Backhouse, an opthalmic consultant at the Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital in Apperley Bridge, Bradford, helped Mrs Ordoyno beat cloudy vision ten years ago and since then, she has produced countless greeting cards for his charity, the Madagascan Organisation for Saving Sight (MOSS).
When asked how it all started, Mrs Ordoyno said: “I was so appreciative of my own restored sight, I felt I would like to help others who have poor vision and felt that it made perfect sense to support Mr. Backhouse’s own charity.”
So far, the 70-year-old has raised almost £2,000 from the handmade cards sold in the reception of Optegra Yorkshire Eye Hospital, priced from £1. They feature flowers and also photography direct from Madagascar.
Mr Backhouse explained the history of his charity: “Having spent a year working in Madagascar with my wife in 1993, I set up MOSS because there were no eye charities working in this very poor country which had so much need.
“In line with the World Health Organisation Vision 2020 – the ‘right to sight’ programme, our main aims are to help reduce the incidence and prevalence of blindness of which approximately 80 per cent is treatable or preventable with uncomplicated means.
“Thanks to people like Irene we have been able to help thousands of adults and children over these past 20 years.”