KELSO farmer Jimmy Mitchell is among the top 20 in the country, not for his talent as a dairy farmer this time, rather as a fundraiser, writes Sally Gillespie.
Supporters gave him £4,200 towards the Prostate Cancer Charity during the national Movember campaign when men grew moustaches to raise cash for health charities.
The well known Kennetsideheads farmer and NFUS milk committee chairman, pictured, is battling the disease and said of the cash raised: “I think it’s excellent. Prostate cancer is a well recognised complaint but it’s spoken about very little.”
He was the 17th highest fundraising individual in the UK in Movember. And the NFU Scotland fundraisers, Team Mogriculture, including chief executive James Withers and communications head Bob Carruth were the 13th best team, raising £17,300.
The team included 16 of the union’s farmer directors and staff and many NFUS representatives around the country collected donations.
Mr Withers said the industry’s contribution to supporting the 36,000 UK men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year as “astonishing”. He said: “The most pleasing aspect of the campaign was the willingness of farmers and staff to get involved and for people to put their hands in their pockets to help out.
“The ways in which cash was raised showed bravery and imagination in equal measure. As well as a fine array of moustaches, money was raised from muffins to tablet, head-shaving to haircuts, even guess the weight of the baby!”