Dad of quad bike crash woman returns

Holly Raper who is fighting for her life in Australia

Holly Raper who is fighting for her life in Australia

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The dad of a young woman fighting for her life after a horrific quad bike smash in Australia is still battling to get her home.

Holly Raper, 23, of Whittle-le-Woods went to Australia in November last year for the holiday of a lifetime.

However, her joy turned to tragedy after the smash on a dairy farm of King Island, Tasmania.

Dad Chris made a short trip back to England, while his wife Elaine sat at Holly’s bedside, earlier this week.

He said the family were still going through a ‘roller-coaster’ of emotions since the incident.

They were also rocked by news that the insurance company may not be able to cover the £100,000 cost of bringing the Runshaw College pupil home.

He said: “Our situation is pretty much unchanged as Holly is still in a coma.

“The insurance company are still taking no responsibility at all which has left us in a little bit of limbo.

“It is difficult to put into words how we are feeling at the moment.”

Chris added that they were amazed by the support shown by villagers in Brindle and at the Cavendish Arms.

He said: “ We have heard that one man is willing to do a bike ride from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower .

“It is very humbling that they want to help even though they may not know Holly that well.

“We need to get £100,000 to try to get Holly home and people have been talking about us selling our house.

“However, we could be in a situation where we get Holly back to England but then don’t have a home for her.

“There could be a 10 per cent or 90 per cent chance of making a full recovery.

“It could be a couple of weeks before she is fit enough and when we start to get her to the stage of bringing her back.

Elsewhere, her former teachers at Leeds College of Art are running a 138 mile sponsored walk or run which represents the distance that she made from Whittle-le-Woods to Leeds every week.

It is going to take place on February 22.

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