Sheffield pupils boost food bank appeal with 4,000 tins

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Kind-hearted pupils and teachers have donated more than 4,000 tins of food to Alan’s Appeal.

The Star campaign was launched this month in memory of Sheffield church organist Alan Greaves, who was murdered on his way to church last Christmas Eve.

The appeal aims to continue the good work Mr Greaves and his wife Maureen were doing for the needy residents of their community in High Green before he died.

The couple set up a food bank with help from St Saviour’s Church three weeks before he was fatally attacked by two thugs.

Ecclesfield School heard about Alan’s Appeal in The Star and decided to get involved.

Teacher Emmajane McNulty and her colleague Mark Richards asked every student to bring a can of food into school to donate and anticipated they would collect 4,000 tins.

But Emmajane said: “The students really got behind this campaign and donated 4,000 tins, which weighed 1,070kg.

“About 30 students helped to sort all the food into different categories to make it easier for the food bank to distribute over the Christmas period.

“It was quite an operation but students got stuck in and we managed to get everything in the van ready for delivery.”

Students from the school council handed their donations to Mrs Greaves at the project on Greengate Lane in High Green.

Emmajane said: “We had a competition among the forms to see who could collect the most and the winning form was Miss Bennett’s with 33kg.

“Students were very competitive at the weigh-in.”

Emmjane added: “Staff and students were very moved by the visit to the food bank.

“Mrs Greaves talked about the work she and her husband had started.

“She showed us around and talked about who would be eligible to receive the food and the difference our donations would make.

“Some of the children had known Mr Greaves so they were keen to help do something in his name.”

Donations for Alan’s Appeal are being accepted until Christmas Eve.

Food, toys, household goods and clothes can be dropped off at the project at the Greengate Lane shops or left at The Star’s offices in York Street.

A candlelit service to remember Mr Greaves is being held on Christmas Eve at the spot where he was attacked. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after.