Widow of Sheffield murder victim plans to expand their charity project

Alan Appeal, 'Maureen Greaves at the Food bank
Alan Appeal, 'Maureen Greaves at the Food bank

The widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves plans to expand the food bank she and her husband set up just weeks before he was fatally attacked last Christmas Eve.

Maureen Greaves, aged 64, announced the expansion plans following the success of Alan’s Appeal, launched by The Star in the run-up to Christmas.

Alan Appeal, 'Maureen Greaves at the Food bank

Alan Appeal, 'Maureen Greaves at the Food bank

Readers were asked to donate food and household goods to the food bank and shop which the couple ran for the needy in High Green.

Mrs Greaves said the appeal generated so much interest she hopes the donations continue to come in to secure the food bank’s future and to allow volunteers to expand the services on offer.

“We had so many donations in the run-up to Christmas we were able to provide every family who came to us with a hamper containing all they would need for a free Christmas dinner,” she said.

“But what we hope to be able to do eventually is to provide a free meal every week.

Undated family handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Maureen Greaves, with her husband Alan Greaves. The widow of a church organist who was murdered in a street attack on Christmas Eve has described how she was herself the subject of a violent mugging as she prepared for the trial of her husband's killers.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. Lay-preacher and former social worker Alan Greaves, 68, died after he was attacked near his home in the High Green area of Sheffield last year. Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years last month after he admitted murdering the devout Christian and another 22-year-old, Ashley Foster, was found guilty of Mr Greaves' manslaughter and jailed for nine years. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts men

Undated family handout photo issued by South Yorkshire Police of Maureen Greaves, with her husband Alan Greaves. The widow of a church organist who was murdered in a street attack on Christmas Eve has described how she was herself the subject of a violent mugging as she prepared for the trial of her husband's killers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2013. Lay-preacher and former social worker Alan Greaves, 68, died after he was attacked near his home in the High Green area of Sheffield last year. Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years last month after he admitted murdering the devout Christian and another 22-year-old, Ashley Foster, was found guilty of Mr Greaves' manslaughter and jailed for nine years. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts men

“Alan was such a humble person, more of a behind-the-scenes man, but this appeal would have overwhelmed him - we all feel very humbled by it all.

“I think that somehow what happened to Alan captured the hearts of people and I think they will keep on giving to our project in his memory.”

She said she hopes to eventually set up a larger furniture store to help needy families furnish their homes, and she would like to be able to set up a drop-in cafe, offering low cost food and drink.

“There are a lot of people who use the food bank and what was achieved in the run-up to Christmas made such a difference to so many. I hope we can build on it.”