Smile with Your Eyes: poetry, prose and pictures

by Becky Acquah in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

Total raised £10,790

raised so far

+ est. £2202.00 Gift Aid



A Short book of poetry, prose and pictures made with contributions from the staff of NHS Highland.

Grant and Becky are infection Doctors working in Raigmore Hospital in the Highlands of Scotland and have spent much of the past 18+months working on COVID wards and caring for those suffering from COVID infection alongside an amazing team.  After receiving our third booster we wanted to do something to help raise funds towards vaccinAID which we think is so important for the world's most vulnerable, but also for us all. The global inequity of vaccine distribution is unfair and unjust.

We asked NHS Highland staff to contribute poetry, prose and pictures and have created this small book full of talent and creativity from our workforce. We have created a 52 page colour print book which could be a great stocking filler present.

How do you get one of these wonderful books?

Donate £10 to VaccinAID here.  NHS staff can then pick up books from the Acute Medicine Secretaries Office (ground floor corridor to GA), Raigmore, Medicine Secretaries Caithness General Hospital, Belford Hospital and Lorne & the Isles Hospital. Members of the public can pick up books from Raigmore main reception (0830-1630) or The Highland Table bistro in Raigmore.  You will have to show proof of your donation (either screenshot of the confirmation page, or proof of identity and showing your name on the list of donors here)


Donate £10 into one of the tins in Raigmore (at The Highland Table café and Reception at the main entrance) and take your book immediately.

Note: Books also now available at Waterstones Bookshop, Inverness, The Corner on the Square, Beauly and The Storehouse at Foulis Ferry, Evanton.

If you live far away,  and want us to post your book(s), simply donate here, then log on to and work through the steps to make a prepaid label (each book weighs 115g, so up to 6 can be delivered as a large letter, up to 16 as a small parcel). Enter your own delivery address. For the sender’s address use Grant Franklin, Raigmore Hospital, IV2 3UJ. Once you have a label, email it to [email protected] and we will print the label and send your books ASAP. Packaging is free of charge. 

  • IT IS DIFFICULT TO SUPPLY BOOKS IF DONATIONS ARE ANONYMOUS.  If you wish to do this please email to let us know, as soon as possible after you have donated.

If you have any problems, please get in touch via [email protected]  We will try to sort things ASAP, but please be patient: we do have full time jobs so emails will usually be answered in the evening.


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Donations made to UNICEF’s VaccinAid appeal will go towards UNICEF’s work to purchase and deliver Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatment to bring an end to the pandemic. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will go towards the Children’s Emergency Fund.