Tragic Holly in £173,000 award

Holly Raper
Holly Raper

A backpacker from Chorley who suffered “catastrophic” brain damage in a quad bike accident in Australia has been awarded £173,000 in compensation

Former Runshaw College student Holly Raper, of Whittle-le-Woods, was working at a farm on Kings Island, Tasmania, when she was hurt just days before Christmas on December 19, 2011, aged 21.

She would regularly use the quad bike to herd cows, according to local reports.

Farmers David and Jocelyn Bowden were ordered to pay Miss Raper’s mother, Elaine, the compensation by the Tasmanian Workers’ Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal.

The lump sum of 289,192.75 Australian dollars was the maximum amount allowable.

Holly remained in a coma for a number of months before being flown home to the UK where doctors confirmed she would need round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.

Talented photographer Holly spent 15 months in Royal Preston Hospital, before returning home earlier this year.

Her return to the UK was delayed as insurers said her policy did not cover work injuries, but the Tasmanian government eventually paid for her return.

Holly’s family and many friends launched a fund-raising for her after the accident.