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Alan and Maureen Greaves.
Alan and Maureen Greaves.
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The Star aims to bring its readers the most important news in the region every day – in print and online.

In addition to reporting the news that matters to you, The Star also works hard to make a differenceto readers.

Local Newspaper Week 2014.

Local Newspaper Week 2014.

This week is Local Newspaper Week, with the theme of Make a Difference

To celebrate Local Newspaper Week this week – with the theme of Making a Difference – we are highlighting some of the ways The Star and our readers Make a Difference.

One of the most important campaigns The Star has supported in recent months has been Alan’s Appeal.

The appeal, established in memory of murdered Sheffield church organist Alan Greaves, resulted in about 20,000 tins of food being donated to a community food bank he had helped set up just weeks before his death.

Mr Greaves established the St Saviour’s Community project with wife Maureen before he was killed on Christmas Eve 2012 while on the way to church.

The Star launched Alan’s Appeal in Mr Greaves’ memory – prompting a massive response from generous readers with donations of food and clothes.

Mrs Greaves, pictured below with Alan, said the donations allowed the project to hand out 80 hampers of food to needy and vulnerable people in High Green.

Mrs Greaves said: “The Star’s support made a lot of difference.”

The Star aims to be at the heart of the community and can act as a campaigning voice when people feel they are not being heard.

Twelve-year-old Lucy Harrison was banned from going on a school trip because she was diabetic – until The Star intervened.

Her parents were told days before she was due to fly to Spain that Lucy could not go, because the school did not have adequate insurance and staff could not administer medication to Lucy.

However, after we highlighted Lucy’s story, Forge Valley Community School in Stannington organised new insurance and staff for the trip.

Dad Stephen Harrison, of Hillsborough, said: “Once something went in the paper, the school met with us and moved things forward.”

The Star also helped Sheffield’s Heeley City Farm recover Hannah the tarantula earlier this year, after she was stolen by thieves.

After the story featured in the paper, Hannah was abandoned in a cardboard recycling area at the farm.

Staff said the newspaper coverage may have resulted in the thief having an attack of conscience and returning Hannah.

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