Fundraising for Holly continues

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

Friends and family of a Whittle-le-Woods woman, who suffered horrific injuries in Australia, are continuing to rally around her.

Holly Raper, 23, was on the chance of a lifetime trip to the Southern Hemisphere when disaster struck and she was involved in a quad bike crash on a farm in Tasmania.

She returned to England back in March thanks to the Tasmanian Workers Compensation Fund who helped with the transport costs.

She is still being treated at the Royal Preston Hospital but the local community are still proving that she is still in their thoughts.

That’s because officials at the pub where she used to work - The Cavendish Arms - created particular special ale brew called ‘Hollys Ale’ which was sold during the festival.

All proceeds raised were going to be donated to the Help Holly Home fund which the pub bosses and family helped to create.

So far more than £18,000 has been generated towards the fund.

Ann Harrison, who is a close family friend, said: “ I have only just heard about it and I think that it was such a great touch.

“Holly has been always in our thoughts and we hope that she can make a recovery.

“All the money generated by the fund will be trying to support the family.”

Holly’s dad Chris and mum Elaine have continued to sit at her bedside.

Ann added: “It is a very hard time for the family watching Holly in hospital.

“There has not been any changes since she came home from Australia.

“But they just want to be there to be ready if she does wake from her coma.

“The family are trying to manage their time so that they can do a bit of work but we have to remember Holly is still very ill.

“This is not going to be one of those situations where she wakes up and is fine.

“She suffered severe injuries to her head and it could be months before we see any signs of a recovery.”

The incident happened in October last year and her mum and dad jetted out to be with her.

There were doubts whether she would return to England after her insurance company indicated they may not pay out.

However, help came in the form of the Tasmanian Workers Fund because she had been out carrying out some work on the farm when the incident took place.