Slow re­cov­ery for young rider

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - RACHEL VER­COE rachel.ver­coe@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

IT’S ev­ery par­ents’ worst night­mare.

Coffs Coast lo­cal Lau­ren Gro­cott, at only 13-years-old, was last week air­lifted to hospi­tal with se­ri­ous head in­juries af­ter fall­ing off her horse at Dor­rigo.

On Mon­day, news came from the fam­ily say­ing she opened both eyes and spoke softly. A promis­ing start for the young girl.

The com­mu­nity have come to­gether in the af­ter­math of the ac­ci­dent and a GoFundMe page has been cre­ated to sup­port Lau­ren and her fam­ily with med­i­cal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion costs.

“Lau­ren is a keen horse en­thu­si­ast and a bril­liant lit­tle rider who loves to be with her horse and had just spent a week at a pony club camp with her mum and her hor­sie friends from the area,” GoFundMe page cre­ator April Har­ris wrote.

“The ac­ci­dent has left Lau­ren in the crit­i­cal care unit at the Gold Coast Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal.

“She is a de­ter­mined and strong young girl who is fight­ing hard.”

The page started on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6 and in only three days raised more than $12,000.

Horse­land Coffs Har­bour has jumped be­hind the fundraiser and will hold a raf­fle from Mon­day un­til Novem­ber 1 with a ham­per prize pack up for grabs.


Photo: Con­trib­uted

DIG DEEP: A GoFundMe page has been set up for Lau­ren Gro­cott af­ter a horse ac­ci­dent.

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