Crash victim set to return to England

Holly Raper from Chorley is in a serious condition in hospital in Australia after an accident on a farm
Holly Raper from Chorley is in a serious condition in hospital in Australia after an accident on a farm

A young woman who is fighting for her life after a tragic quad bike crash in Australia could be heading back to England after Tasmanian government officials have stepped in to help.

Holly Raper, 23, of Whittle-le-Woods went to the southern hemisphere in November for the holiday of a lifetime.

However, disaster struck with a smash on a dairy farm on King Island in Tasmania.

She has been in hospital since the incident last week the Guardian reported that her dad Chris Raper said they did not know how they were going to meet the £100,000 bill to get her back.

It came after her insurance company argued they would not pay out to cover the costs to go home.

Now, a close family friend Ann Harrison said that there was a glimmer of hope for her return.

She said: “Last Friday, they were told us that the Tazmanian Government had a Worker Compensation Scheme which will cover her even though she was out there only three weeks.

“It is a huge weight off their shoulders as it felt like they were stranded out there.

“Holly is still in a very deep coma and there are no signs of her waking up.

“She is not fit to travel at the minute but at least it gives everyone hope that she could get back in a few weeks.

“It will be a long journey because she will have to fly from Tasmania to mainland Australia then on to Singapore and London to Manchester.

“I think it is going to cost over £100,000 to get back because they need doctors to travel back and also arrange overnight stays at hospitals.

Friends and family have rallied behind the former Runshaw College student as villagers in Brindle and Whittle-le-Woods have been fundraising to try to get her back.

More than £16,000 has been donated to the ‘Help Holly Home’ appeal and Ann believes the support from people back in Chorley is helping them.

She said: “It is dreadful what they have had to put up with the insurance company not helping them as you pay money and then this situation comes around and they cannot help.

“Aside from raising money local people have been praying for her which is great to know that they are in their thoughts.

“The family need the monetary support because Holly’s dad is a tree consultant and her mum is a nurse so they are over there not earning anything.

If you want to donate to the appeal then you should visit the site: www.charitygiving.co.uk/helphollyhome