A TEENAGE robbery victim is awake and trying to talk.
Richard Lister, from Skircoat, Halifax, is still in Leeds General Infirmary but making improvements every day.
The 18-year-old, known as Rick to his friends, was left critically ill after being mugged in Skircoat Green Road last month.
He was on his way to meet friends to celebrate his A-level results when he was attacked.
His mum Debbie Critchell, said; “He’s trying to speak and we can make out some of what he is saying.
“He’s still very weak but he’s coming back to us, bit by bit.
“He’s got age and health on his side.”
Richard has been undergoing physio and his family have been told his recovery will take some months.
They are by his bedside, along with his best friend, and they hope he will be strong enough for other friends to visit in the coming weeks.
“Everyone is helping in their own ways and I do think all the positive thoughts people are sending him are helping,” said Mrs Critchell.
The Watermill pub in Salterhebble, where Richard and his sister work, is holding a collection for him and they are hoping to use the money to replace his mobile phone, which was stolen in the robbery. Anyone who wants to donate should contact the pub.
Richard was initially in intensive care after he suffered head injuries in the mugging, but is now on a recovery ward.
His friends are putting together a book of get-well messages for him and his family say they have had hundreds of supportive Facebook and text messages as well as calls from people they have not seen in years and flowers from anonymous well-wishers.
Four men and a woman have been charged with the robbery.