Mugged Richard back on his feet

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TEENAGE mugging victim Richard Lister is up, walking and desperate to get home.

It is now just over a month since the 18-year-old was attacked in Skircoat Green Road, Halifax, as he went to meet friends to celebrate his A-level results.

Suffering serious head injuries, he was initially treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

Last week he was transferred to a specialist rehab unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, where he has been undergoing physiotherapy and other treatment.

“He is so determined to get better and get home,” said his mum, Debbie Critchell.

“He has been doing really well. A month ago we didn’t dare hope that he would be in this position.”

Yesterday Rick was allowed home for a few hours so occupational therapists could assess what day-to-day tasks he can manage and what modifications might need to be made when he goes home permanently.

It is possible he may soon be allowed home for weekend visits.

“He couldn’t stop smiling when he heard,” said Mrs Critchell.

Richard’s best friend Ben Andrewman has been at his bedside, along with his family, ever since the mugging, and now other friends have been allowed to visit.

“I’m sure that’s helping his recovery,” she said. “We just want to thank everyone.”

Anyone who would like to show their support can send cheques payable to the neuro-intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3EX.

Four men and a woman have been charged with robbery.