Crash woman returns home

Holly Raper (left) is home

Holly Raper (left) is home

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A photographer who suffered life-threatening injuries after a quad bike accident thousands of miles from home has returned to England.

Holly Raper, 23, of Whittle-le-Woods, flew back into the country on Thursday night and was later transferred to Royal Preston Hospital.

The ex-Runshaw College pupil returned home four months after she went on the chance of a lifetime trip to the southern hemisphere.

Tragedy struck in December on a farm in Tasmania and her dad Chris and mum Elaine flew out to be at her bedside after her insurance company refused to pay to bring her home sparking a major fundraising drive by friends and family.

More than £16k has been raised.

Ann Harrison, who is a family friend, said: “It is a huge relief to have her back, along with Chris and Elaine.

“We can work to support them as it has been difficult with them being on the other side of the world.

“We thought it might have been impossible with the problems with her insurance company not wanting to pay out.

“We will continue to fight for the family over the insurance as we feel that she should have been able to get the money to bring her home.

“It has been a dreadful time for the family.

“The primary focus has been on Holly and trying to get her back to full health.

“Now, hopefully they can do it in England and also maybe get their lives back.

“They have not been able to work when they were in Australia but they can maybe get more support over here.”

Holly had a long journey from Tasmania through to mainland Australia, Thailand and finally London.

It would not have been possible without the help of the Tasmanian Workers Compensation Fund.

Ann added: “We have to respect the family’s privacy early on and just allow them to get back before friends start to contact them.

“We want to her to recover.”