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26 Jun 2020 Business Buddies

NFU donation in memory of Tim Coy

Kirkwood receive £1,500 from Honley National Farmers Union in memory of long-standing partner, Tim Coy.

Tim Coy joined the Honley National Farmers Union back in 1982 before retiring 38 years later in 2008.

After Tim fell ill with a life limiting illness, Kirkwood entered the family’s lives to support them through this difficult time.

Tim sadly died earlier this month, and being so well-known in the local farming community, local farmers lined the road outside the cattle market in Holmfirth on the day of his funeral to show their support.

To show their appreciation for the support Kirkwood offered to Tim, his wife Anthea and their family, the Honley National Farmers Union generously donations £1,500 to support the vital care Kirkwood nurses are providing to the most vulnerable patients and families in the Kirklees community.

Matthew Gummerson, who currently works at the Honley National Farmers Union, reflects on Tim’s journey before and after his time at the union. Matthew said: “NFU Mutual has been serving the famers and local community for over 100 years, and Mr Tim Coy was the group secretary of the Huddersfield office for a grand total of 38 years.

“Originally, Tim joined the NFU in 1973 and for several years worked from his home in Holmfirth, alongside his wife Anthea. As the business grew, larger offices were taken up in Thongsbridge and then in Honley Village, and now, the business is based at Queens Square Business Park, Honley.

Mr Tim Coy


“Tim was brought up in Wakefield and took a job on a local farm after leaving school. He then secured a place at Askham Bryan Agricultural College and took the award for the best dairy student.

“That helped him secure a job with the Milk Marketing Board and he carried out many tasks promoting milk and working with dairy farms. After that he joined the NFU and that’s were remained until his retirement.

“Tim played a vital role in the local community looking after farmers, businesses and personal clients - many of whom became friends with over the years. He also helped assemble the local Holme Valley Young farmers club, regularly attending the livestock market in Huddersfield as it was then followed by the Holmfirth market.

“He also spent many an evening at farmers meetings and was a lifelong Huddersfield Town FC fan where he and his family would attend the games.

“Even in his retirement, Tim was still actively helping the young farmers with their accounts, judging the many competitions and even turning out for the annual cricket match!”

Kirkwood Fundraising Manager, Beverley Shaw, said: “In recognition of the support provided to families like Tim and Anthea’s NFU Honley felt they wanted to make an In Memory donation to us at Kirkwood.

“Our heritage is not as established as the NFU but the community is at the heart of what aligns us together.  The donation in memory of Tim, especially at this time during the pandemic is extremely appreciated and welcomed.”

For more information on the Honley National Farmers Union, please click here.

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