29 Mar Volunteer treks Cambodia in aid of Help for Heroes
A Help for Heroes volunteer has just finished the challenge of a life-time; in memory of a close friend who served in the military police.
Julie Adcock, 51, from Braintree, took part in the Help for Heroes Cambodia Trek last week; a nine-day event which saw supporters of the Charity and those it supports travel through paddy fields, dense forests and isolated villages before reaching the ancient structure of Angkor Wat.
Julie said of the trek: “It was the most rewarding but challenging fundraising event I’ve ever done; both physically and mentally. It was much hotter than anyone expected, (40c), so this made the 100k trek even tougher. The toilet facilities, showers and sleeping arrangements were very basic; it was often a case of sharing them with various spiders, bug and frogs! It was so hot all the time that keeping clean was a challenge in itself. Wet wipes were very much the order of the day. It was so nice to come back home to a flushing toilet that you could actually sit on and a hot shower. I really had to dig deep to keep going, but the thought of my friend made it possible”.
Julie started volunteering at Help for Heroes as she was determined to raise awareness of the plight of servicemen who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the syndrome which led to the eventual death of her friend.