Heart-breaking accident rallies broker community

by Miklos Bolza13 Nov 2017
The Australian broker and finance community has come together after a tragic accident changed the lives of Resolve Finance state manager Daniel Johnston and his family.

Funds are being raised for Daniel’s wife, Nicole Johnston, who fell down the stairs in her Perth home and broke her neck in August this year. She will spend many months in hospital and, despite regaining some movement in her arms and thumbs, now faces life as a quadriplegic.

As part of the Resolve family for more than 15 years, both Daniel and Nicole have had the support of the team and the broader community including banking and valuation partners during these difficult times.

“It has been humbling to watch not only the Resolve team gather around to support one of their own, but also seeing the extent of support from the wider industry,” Resolve Finance managing director Don Crellin told Australian Broker.

Daniel and Nicole were renovating their recently purchased home when the tragedy occurred. Funds are now being raised to re-fit the house and make it more accessible when Nicole finally returns home early next year.

In an update given earlier in October, Daniel expressed how grateful both he and Nicole were for the assistance currently being offered.

“She is aware of all the support she has out there and is truly thankful, as am I. Thank you to everyone for all their love and support,” he said.

Over $26,000 has been raised at the time of writing. A fundraising event will be held at the Federal Hotel in Fremantle on 25 November where a number of items will be auctioned off including a thoroughbred horse, jewellery, accommodation, and plane tickets. Further information about the event can be found here.

“It’s truly been incredible, not only the number of cash donations but also many industry colleagues and partners have come forward with items of significant value that can be auctioned on the evening,” Crellin said.

Jeff Hayres, friend of the Johnston’s and Western Australia executive general manager of retail at ABN Group, will be MC’ing at the Fremantle event.

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