Family support Holly at bedside

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Family and friends continue to have a bedside vigil at hospital for a Whittle-le-Woods woman who suffered horrific injuries in a quad bike crash in Australia .

Photographer Holly Raper, 23, was on a chance of a lifetime trip to the Southern Hemisphere when disaster struck on a farm in Tasmania.

Her dad Chris and mum Elaine flew out to support her and in March she came back to England.

Since then, people have continued to help the family.

Ann Harrison, who is a close family friend, said: “Unfortunately I have not been to visit her but I do know that some of her family and friends have been down to see her at the Royal Preston Hospital.

“I think that has helped to offer support to the family.

“There is very little change with her condition and there have been very few positive signs.

“She had been poorly for a while when she came back to England but the doctors are a bit happier now that she is stable.

“Her family have stayed strong despite being in a very difficult situation and it is very hard for them to see their daughter in hospital.”

Doubts were raised whether the ex-Runshaw College student would be able to return home after her insurance company said that they may not pay out.

Instead, the Tasmanian Workers Compensation Fund helped to fund transporting her home.

Friends of Holly at the Cavendish Arms in Brindle have been doing fundraising activities for her.

The total now stands at £17,555.89.

Ann said: “There had been a few fundraising things for Holly but I am not sure where we are up to.”