A Motor Neuron Disease drive for Kenwick dad

Siblings Brad Poultney, Jeff Poultney and Jodie Hulm are taking part in the 2015 Daniher's Drive for MND in memory of their father, Neil, who died last year.  Picture: Matt Jelonek          d442711
Siblings Brad Poultney, Jeff Poultney and Jodie Hulm are taking part in the 2015 Daniher's Drive for MND in memory of their father, Neil, who died last year. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d442711

LATE Kenwick resident Neil Poultney loved cars and driving.

He was then diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) last year so he decided he would take part in Daniher’s Drive – an event to fundraise for the disease.

However, last year he passed away before he got the chance to do the drive.

So, his three children – Jeff, Jodie and Brad – are taking his ashes with them along with his favourite Subaru, to do the drive in his memory.

Daniher’s Drive for MND is named after former Essendon AFL player and Melbourne coach Neale Daniher who was diagnosed with MND in August last year and aims to raise funds for the disease.

Mr Poultney’s daughter Jodie Hulm said she was looking forward to embarking on the journey from October 16 to 18 in honour of her dad’s memory with her two brothers.

“He loved driving and having a few beers with the boys, so this trip was right up his alley,” Jodie said.

“Neil died at age 61 and funnily enough we are in car 61 for the drive.

“Our dad was called Neil and he was diagnosed in the same month as Neale Daniher with the same disease.”

The journey starts from Perth on October 16 and then make its way up to Northam and other parts of the state.

The siblings will then head to Albany, where Mr Poultney was originally from, and spread his ashes.

“We want to take the ashes and then spread them down in Albany which will give us a little bit of closure,” she said.

“No one has driven my dad’s car since he passed away so we are looking forward to getting it back on the road.

“I think losing our dad has had a profound impact on all of us as he was a hands-on physical presence.”

Along with doing it for her dad, Ms Hulm said she wanted to do it because it was an “under-funded rare disease”.

To donate, go to https://heroix.everydayhero.-com.au/event/mnddrive2015/-donate.