Alan’s Appeal

Maureen Greaves, who set up a food bank with her late husband Alan, is pictured with some of the food available for people in need at the High Green base of the food bank.
Maureen Greaves, who set up a food bank with her late husband Alan, is pictured with some of the food available for people in need at the High Green base of the food bank.
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He was murdered last Christmas Eve as he made his way to church.

But this year Alan Greaves’ widow Maureen wants Christmas to be remembered for good, not evil - and has joined with The Star to launch Alan’s Appeal.

Alan Greaves

Alan Greaves

The festive campaign calls on readers to help his church St Saviour’s Community Project in High Green, Sheffield.

Volunteers there run a food bank and shop - both set up by Alan, right, and his wife only three weeks before his brutal death.

Free food is provided, as well as affordable secondhand clothing, furniture and household goods, for families most in need.

This year a Christmas meal is planned, when festive food parcels will be presented to everyone who attends.

And The Star is appealing for donations of food - tins, tea, coffee, biscuits, sweets, chocolates and other dry food items - as well as good quality clothes, books, toys and household items.

Maureen told The Star today: “I think Alan would be totally thrilled.

“I think he would be very humbled by The Star’s appeal.”

Alan’s Appeal aims to continue the good work the retired social worker, 68, and his wife, 64, were doing in High Green.

The grandfather-of-two was beaten to death on December 24 last year as he walked to St Saviour’s to play the organ at the midnight service.

His killers, Ashley Foster and Jonathan Bowling, both 22, were jailed for nine years and for life in July.

Three weeks prior to his death he and Maureen, with financial backing from St Saviour’s Church, set up a food bank and shop for High Green’s most needy residents.

And in the 11 months since her husband was battered to death, Maureen and an army of volunteers have worked tirelessly to make the St Saviour’s Community Project a success.

Helpers are planning to expand the project in the new year, with new services including a Credit Union adviser and a job club.

“He worked on the project with me for eight years,” said Maureen.

“It started with us collecting people’s secondhand goods in our garage and giving them to those who needed them most.

“He would have been so pleased to see the project expanding - it is something we dreamed of.

“But he didn’t want recognition. It has been a team effort.”

Donations to Alan’s Appeal can be dropped off at The Star’s offices in York Street in Sheffield city centre from 9am until 5pm, from Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, food and goods can be dropped off at the project itself, which is based at the shops on Mortomley Lane, High Green.