Nick Herbert and Max MartinEngineering director Nick Herbert (left) with sales and trading manager Max Martin © Kate Chapman

Staff at a Lincolnshire farm are working on a different kind of cultivation this month as they forgo shaving in order to raise money and awareness for a health charity.

Eighteen office and farm employees at the vast vegetable producing business Emmett, in Fosdyke near Boston, have signed up to “grow a Mo” as part of the annual Movember fundraiser, taking place in November.

Farms director Nigel Patrick said the idea came about after Emmett was asked if it would support a fundraiser for a Batten disease support charity – a fatal condition which is affecting a local family.

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After agreeing, the farm business decided to get a head start by taking part in Movember to raise extra funds for the Batten Disease Family Association.

This is a small national charity which supports families, raises awareness and facilitates research into the group of devastating neurodegenerative diseases known as Batten disease.

“We’d never heard of this condition until we were approached recently, so it’s important to raise both funds and awareness,” said Nigel.

“We’re about a third of the way through the month and some of us are already starting to look a bit like tramps, and everything is getting a bit itchy but we’re pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile charity.”

You can support the Emmett team by making a donation on their Go Fund Me page