Dr Lesley Morrison's appeal:

"I'm a GP in Hawick and was a colleague and friend of Dr Pat Manson who tragically died last April.

I have thought for some time that it would be useful and valuable to produce a little book of poems which would accompany new young doctors on the beginning of their emotionally demanding work. It can fit easily into their pockets and be a source of comfort and support. When they  are often at risk of being overwhelmed by the vast amount of protocols and clinical data, this little book would serve to nourish their humanity and remind them that they are not alone in their experience.

I had discussed this idea with Pat and, as was his way, he was positive and encouraging about it. He was creative and loved poetry. He was passionate about teaching and motivating young doctors and he cared deeply about his patients: as his BMJ obituary said,"The well-being and care of his patients was the cornerstone of his professional life and he gave his time unstintingly, often to his own personal detriment".

When he died, Pat’s widow Lesley and I felt that the booklet would be a fitting tribute to him and I approached the Scottish Poetry Library.  They are keen to help produce it and to give it to every new Scottish medical graduate. As a charity, they are contributing their experience and knowledge of poetry. Estimated production costs are £5000 for one year’s graduates and £8000 for two years.

Would you like to be part of  this project and help produce a poetry  book dedicated to Pat and to the work which he loved and which he did so very kindly and well?"

You can either donate through this JustGiving page, or you can send a cheque payable to Scottish Poetry Library, addressing the envelope to Scottish Poetry Library: Poetry for New Doctors, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT.

Raising money for

Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Poetry Library

Charity Registration No. SC023311

The Scottish Poetry Library provides a national resource for the enriching art of poetry, particularly Scottish poetry, making it accessible to the public through its unique collection and wide range of activities. The Library's main activities are: providing resources and information; education; events; publications.

Donations 57

A fitting tribute in memory of an admired colleague

Donation by Anonymous on 08/01/14

Donation by Anonymous on 18/12/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck.

Donation by ARM on 14/10/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

a fitting memorial, and I'm sure will be appreciated by future GPs

Donation by Katy M on 01/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by T.Hanna on 26/09/13


+ £18.75 Gift Aid

I didn't know Pat but this would be a lovely legacy...

Donation by Pete Churn on 09/09/13

We knew Pat at Cresswell Hospital, Dumfries, in the late 70's. Well done for thinking of such an unusual memorial to a caring doctor.

Donation by Jack and Mary Taylor on 06/09/13

Great project - best of luck!

Donation by Nora Murray-Cavanagh on 20/08/13

Donation by Phil Wilson on 10/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

What a wonderful project - just the thing to help young doctors maintain and develop their humanity in the face of protocols and tickboxes

Donation by Maggie Eisner on 03/08/13

Excellent idea to help support doctors in times of stress.

Donation by Anonymous on 01/08/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Saw your letter in the BJGP. I didnt know Pat but as a GP trainer I can imagine how valuable this could be

Donation by ANDREW MARSHALL on 27/07/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Our daughter has told us what a special person and special doctor Pat was. Our granddaughter will graduate as a doctor next year and we are pleased that she and her peer group will have this book.

Donation by Anonymous on 26/07/13


+ £125.00 Gift Aid

In memory of a fine GP

Donation by Anonymous on 13/07/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

lovely idea

Donation by Anonymous on 11/07/13

Brilliant idea Les.

Donation by j wilton on 08/07/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Pat was an extremely kind, understanding, and conscientious GP and I am pleased to be able to contribute to his memory in this way. Thank you for organising this, Lesley. Dorothy Logie

Donation by Anonymous on 07/07/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/07/13


+ £7.50 Gift Aid


What a wonderful and enlightened project. Good luck

Donation by Lois Wolffe on 14/06/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid


What a great idea. I hope you are sucessful in reaching your required amounts.

Donation by Mandy MacColl on 31/05/13


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Donation by Valerie Gillies on 30/05/13



We think it is a wonderful thing to do, Howard and Libby

Donation by Howard Kennedy on 27/05/13

Donation by Katarina Flynn on 04/05/13


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

A great idea and very fitting way in which to remember Pat. Thanks for your work on this project, Lesley.

Donation by Jane Savory on 04/05/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid


What a wonderful idea. 'As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one...'

Donation by Alison Sinclair on 01/05/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,330.00
  • Offline donations£1,790.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,120.00
  • Gift Aid£806.25

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