The widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves has thanked readers of The Star for their generous donations in memory of her beloved husband.
The Star launched Alan’s Appeal as a tribute to Mr Greaves, who was murdered last Christmas as he made his way to church in High Green.
We appealed for donations of food and household goods for the food bank and shop set up by Mr and Mrs Greaves for the needy in High Green in the weeks before his death.
And we were inundated with donations.
Maureen Greaves, aged 64, said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed at the generosity shown by so many - we were absolutely inundated with food, toys and gifts.
“It meant we were able to provide everyone with a Christmas meal, a gift and goodies like boxes of chocolates - everyone was really appreciative.”
The donations included dozens of boxes of food from bikers’ groups the Yorkshire Trikers, Virago Star Owner’s Club and the Independent Bikers of Sheffield; more than 4,000 tins of food from pupils at Ecclesfield School, and a donation by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Speaking about her loss a year on, Maureen said: “The greatest thing I have had to cope with is going from being a very happily married woman to being single.
“I just miss everything about out married life. I miss being loved but I also miss loving somebody. It is very difficult. We had our rows, like any other couple, but we also had a very deep love for each other.”
Mr Greaves was making his way to St Saviour’s Church when he was attacked by Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster - both serving jail terms for the killing.