Support floods in for A-level attack teen’s loved-ones

THE family of a Halifax teenager left critically ill in hospital after an attack say they have been flooded with well-wishes and support

Friends of Richard Lister, who is known to his friends as Rick, are putting a book of messages together for him to read when he wakes up, and a collection has been organised at The Watermill pub in Salterhebble, Halifax, where he works.

Loved-ones of the 18-year-old, from Skircoat, and his best friend are by his bedside in Leeds General Infirmary where his condition was last night described as serious but stable.

His mum Debbie Critchell said: “We want to say thank you to all his family and friends, my friends and my daughter’s friends who have been wonderful, and the police and the hospital staff who are being just brilliant.

“We want to thank everybody, there have been that many people.

“Every single person that has been in touch has been so supportive.”

She said the family have received flowers from anonymous well-wishers, calls from people they have not seen for years, and scores of supportive messages on Facebook.

“He has a lot of friends,” she said. “He is quite a quiet lad but his confidence has grown over the last year and a half and he has a wicked sense of humour.

“I’m sure he has the strength to pull through this.”

The family have released a photo of Richard to the Courier taken when he celebrated his 18th birthday last month.

“We had a barbecue at home and then he went out with his friends,” said Mrs Critchell.

Richard, who recently finished studying at Huddersfield New College, was on his way to meet friends to celebrate his A-level results when he was robbed on Skircoat Green Road on Thursday at 10.12pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses to ring Calderdale CID on 01422 337085. Anyone wanting to show their support for Richard by making a donation is being asked to contact neuro intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary.