Colin Moir was a much respected, long serving member of the Kings team who sadly passed away in 2011. Colin was well known in the farming community and provided sound advice and support to numerous growers throughout eastern England over the years.
As a tribute to Colin, Kings introduced a special seed mix, the Moir Mix earlier this year. Kings committed to donate £1 for every pack sold to the Star Throwers charity. Star Throwers is a charity based in Norfolk which provided great support to Colin and his family during his illness and was chosen to benefit from this initiative by Colin's family. In addition Frontier Agriculture, Kings' parent company, committed to 'match fund' any money raised.
This has resulted in a donation of £2,664 which was presented to Star Throwers on Friday 19th October by Richard Barnes from Kings and Ans Moir, Colin's widow. The presentation took place at Star Throwers, in Wymondham.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the charity, Dr Henry Manning said, "When I first heard of this initiative I thought that is a nice idea but I never envisaged it to be quite the success it has been! Colin was a great guy and we are delighted to receive this donation in his memory."
Ans Moir added, "'The whole family were uplifted when Kings suggested this great idea to honour my husband's memory. It is very fitting that such a seed mixture has been used on so many farms and estates in East Anglia and beyond to support conservation work which was a topic so close to Colin's heart. Our grandchildren are so excited that their grandad is associated with such a tremendous idea and it helps to build that memory for the youngest who did not really get to know him that well before he passed away."
Richard Barnes said, "It was great to work with Colin. Those who had the pleasure of his support on farm know what a fun filled character he was and so enthusiastic for our industry. He was an inspiration and we all still miss him very much."
Stephen Wright, of M D Wright & Partners, and a director of Anglia Farmers, who farms in Acle, Norfolk has sown Moir Mix this season. Mr Wright said, "You really don't realise just how great having someone like Colin around was, until they have gone and we do miss him. However, he has left us all a great legacy through the advice he gave to me and numerous other growers over the years. His support gave more people the confidence to 'have a go' at sowing wild bird seed mixtures - knowing that with the right advice they too could get it right. We all considered Colin to be more than an advisor, he was a colleague and friend to us."