Wife says thanks for community’s support

Flowers for murdered Alan Greaves in Greengate Lane, High Green,
Flowers for murdered Alan Greaves in Greengate Lane, High Green,
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The widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves has publicly thanked everyone who has supported her and her family following her husband’s death.

Following Mr Greaves’ death, Maureen Greaves and her family received nearly 1,000 cards of sympathy.

She said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us through this journey.

“We were staggered at the number of cards, letters and emails that came to our home. We received about 900 cards and more have come since. Some were from members of the community, friends and colleagues, but there were also a great many from strangers.

“When I went out into High Green to see the flowers where Alan was attacked, I couldn’t get down the street without people, one after another, giving me a hug.

“There were big demonstrations of love. People were saying ‘we are thinking of you and praying for you’.

“There is a deep sense of people standing with you. Part of that is because I’m well known in the community and they knew Alan well.

“I’ve found it humbling that so many people have offered to do things for me.

She recalls a day in the winter after heavy snowfall.

“I drew back the curtains to find two men shovelling the snow off my drive,” she said. “I don’t know who they were but they just looked up, waved and then drove off.

“I want to say thank you to all the people who have taken the time to write or send a card, or who have stopped me in the street and said they are standing by me.”

Maureen is also full or praise for the police.

She said: “Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick and his team have worked exceedingly hard on this case.

“The amount of hard work they’ve done has been amazing.

“They have been absolutely committed to doing the very best for Alan.

“I want people to know they have been magnificent.”