Alfie Peak – the Bexhill man left fighting for his life after a late-night attack – celebrated his birthday with a day out from the specialist neurological hospital he has spent the last few months recovering in.
The Observer has featured regular updates on Alfie’s progress since the young father was hospitalised after the Sea Road attack in July last year.
Friends and family have held a string of fundraisers in a bid to make enough money to fund adaptions to his local home which are almost certain to be needed before he can return to Bexhill.
And a well-wishing page on social networking website Facebook has attracted thousands of followers keen to hear how the popular 26-year-old is doing.
His girlfriend, Tanya White, regularly makes the lengthy trip to his bedside at the specialist Wiltshire hospital and says the support the couple have received from the local community has been overwhelming.
Tanya told The Observer earlier this week that Alfie has been showing further signs of improvement, despite still not being in a position to talk – culminating in an afternoon out to celebrate his recent birthday.
She stressed there was still a long way to go in his rehabilitation and that his family is still not sure how fully he willrecover.
But she said the trip to a garden centre with friends and family gave everyone a welcome boost.
“It was really lovely to be able to take him out,” she said. “It made his birthday so special to be able to go out with his friends and family.
“It was the first time he has really been out of the hospital and he enjoyed it and was smiling a lot. It was also nice for us to be able to spend time with him away from the hospital.
“He is still a long way off being how he used to be but we have not been able to take him out like that before so it shows there must have been some improvement.”
For more information on the charity which Alfie’s family and friends are attempting to set up visit Facebook and search Alfie Peak.