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.
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.
“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.”