Injured student Holly is compensated

Holly Raper
Holly Raper

A former Leyland student who suffered “catastrophic” brain damage in a quad bike accident in Australia has been awarded £173,000 in compensation.

Backpacker 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.

The former Runshaw College student 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 paid for her return.

Holly’s family and many friends launched a fundraising for her after the accident.

Her dad Chris described Holly as “a very happy girl” before her accident.