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Award for Maureen Greaves, widow of murdered organist

Maureen Greaves
Image caption Maureen Greaves said she was "extremely shocked"

The widow of a church organist beaten to death on Christmas Eve has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Maureen Greaves, a Church Army lay preacher, received the honour in recognition of her services to the community in north Sheffield.

She said: "I couldn't believe the work I do would warrant such an honour."

Alan Greaves was attacked in 2012 as he walked to his church in Sheffield, dying a few days later.

Despite her loss Mrs Greaves said she had been determined to keep her up the charity work among the community.

"Being involved in a murder and a trial, it was good to come back to work, it took my mind off it."

Mrs Greaves said: I have a strong Christian faith and that enabled me to do it."

She and her husband set up a food bank for families with limited income in the garage of the couple's home.

They then took over a shop to improve distribution to those most in need just weeks before his death.

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Image caption Alan Greaves was killed in 2012

Mr Greaves suffered "catastrophic" injuries when he was battered with a pick-axe handle.

The retired social worker was walking to St Saviour's Church to play the organ for the service, something he had done for 40 years, when he was attacked.

The father-of-four died three days later in hospital from serious head injuries.

Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for life after pleading guilty to the murder.

Ashley Foster, 22, of Wesley Road, High Green was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter after a jury cleared him of murder.

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