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Memorial due for Alan Henning



  Alan HenningAlan Henning was the fourth western hostage to be killed by militants in October


The widow of murdered aid worker Alan Henning has told how his family has been left struggling to understand his death, ahead of a memorial service.


Family and friends will gather for the private service at Eccles Parish Church in Eccles, Greater Manchester.


The 47-year old taxi driver was captured by IS in December while delivering supplies to Syrian refugees.


Widow Barbara Henning said her husband's death had left the family "devastated".


  Alan Henning memorialHundreds attended the memorial service for Mr Henning in October


Mr Henning became the fourth western hostage to be killed by IS militants when his beheading was broadcast on the internet in October.


As with other IS victims, his murder is thought to be at the hands of a jihadist known in the UK media as "Jihadi John".


In a statement ahead of Saturday's service, his wife Barbara said that his children Lucy and Adam "cannot come to terms with why a person would carry out such an act on a fellow human being".


"Alan was a peaceful, selfless man who left his family in the UK at Christmas 2013 to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need," she said.


"Lucy and Adam understood why he had to go, he had explained to them how he had seen children with nothing, living in tents and queuing for food and water.


"His death, caused by a senseless act of barbarity, has left family and friends devastated and worst of all, his children without their loving, funny and amazing dad," she said.


  Barbara Henning and her children Adam and LucyBarbara Henning and their children Adam and Lucy were left devastated by Mr Henning's death


A memorial ceremony was held in October at the British Muslim Heritage Centre and was attended by hundreds of people, including faith and political leaders.


Funds set up in his memory by Muslim colleagues and friends have raised over £30,000.


Prime Minister David Cameron is considering recognising Mr Henning with a national honour following a request by his MP, Barbara Keeley.


In October, Barbara Henning and her children travelled to Scotland to attend a memorial service for David Haines, the fellow aid-worker also killed by Islamic State.


In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, Ms Henning said: "On behalf of the entire family, I want to thank everyone who campaigned for Alan's release, who held vigils to pray for his safe return, and who condemned those who took him.   


"Your efforts were a great support to us, and we take comfort in knowing how many people stood beside us in hoping for the best,


"I only hope that we can bring these people to justice, or that they receive the justice they deserve in the next life," she said.

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