A pub has rallied to raise thousands of pounds for a member of staff who suffered life-threatening injuries in a violent Mansfield town centre attack.
Scott Taylor, who works as a chef at The Talbot on Nottingham Road spent seven weeks in hospital after being the victim of the serious assault in March.
But his bosses and landlords of the pub, Martin and Stacey Briggs, launched an appeal to help him and organised a raffle to win a Liverpool shirt signed by captain and England star, Steven Gerrard.
And with drinkers digging deep, more than £2,450 has been donated to help him out while he continues his recovery.
Landlord Martin Briggs said customers at The Talbot and around 20 other Spirit Pub Company-owned watering holes, had all dug deep to support the raffle.
He added: “Everyone has pulled together and have been happy to help out.
“He still has a long journey but his progress over the past seven weeks has been amazing and we are all so proud of how far he has come.
“It was absolutely fantastic to have him back with his Talbot ‘family’.”
Scott was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham following the attack on Leeming Street in the early hours of Saturday, 15th March.
He had suffered a fractured skull during the assault, which caused his brain to swell and led to surgeons having to remove a large section of bone from the top of his skull.
Doctors at one stage even told his family to prepare for the worst.
But he came through the worst and his condition began to improve.
Leaving hospital just two weeks ago, he has been left deaf in one ear and his speech has only begun to return, although doctors have told him that he will eventually make a full recovery, after finding no sign of any permanent neurological damage.
Now, two months on from the incident, he is still waiting for a further operation to fit a metal plate to cover the area where his skull was removed.
In the mean time, he has been ordered by doctors to wear a helmet to protect his head, although he admits he is simply glad to be out of hospital.
Scott admits he has been pleasantly surprised by the support, the money he has received and his own framed Liverpool shirt, signed by all of the team.
“I did not expect it, the feeling has been overwhelming. I have got to thank everyone who has put towards it,” said the avid Liverpool fan.
“I think I will save it, it’s a lot of money- although I’m more bothered about the signed shirt,” he joked.
“I just want to go back to work now but I can’t at the moment!”
Mansfield councillor Phil Shields, who is a regular in The Talbot and has been backing the fundraising campaign said: “The amount of money raised here shows that the community spirit is alive in Mansfield, and this is a perfect example of pubs coming together to raise money for a great cause.”