THE victim of a vicious mugging has been allowed home for the first time.
Richard Lister spent last weekend with his family in Skircoat, Halifax, on leave from a specialist rehab unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Now the 18-year-old is more determined than ever to get well enough to come home for good. His mum Debbie Critchell said: “It went really well. He said he felt better because he was in his own surroundings, doing everyday things.”
She said several of Richard’s friends visited and he was able to see colleagues at The Watermill pub in Salterhebble, where he works.
“He had a great time,” she said. “Now he’s even more determined to get well and come home.”
The teenager was mugged in Skircoat Green Road last month on his way to meet friends to celebrate his A-levels.
He suffered serious head injuries and spent weeks in Leeds General Infirmary’s neuro-intensive care unit, before being transferred to Pinderfields. Richard’s friends have now been allowed to visit him in hospital.
“His friends have been fantastic,” said Debbie. “They’ve been so supportive.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation in support of Richard can send cheques payable to the neuro-intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3EX.
The Watermill is also holding a collection to replace Richard’s phone, which was stolen during the mugging.
Four men and a woman have been charged with robbery.