Royal Military Policeman Martin committed suicide when he found himself in a dark place after leaving the services.

Martin was a military policeman for 24 years and suffered from depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) once he joined civvy street.

His friend Julie Adcock supported him as much as possible over the course of their eight-year friendship. However, Martin took his own life in August 2016.

Julie was devastated. Eventually, she found comfort in fundraising for military charity Help For Heroes in Essex. In the interview above Forces Radio BFBS' Liz Mullen speaks to Julie and discovers that a teddy bear and the trek of a lifetime are two ways she is coping.

Julie took on her most daring fundraising challenge yet in March, a trek through Cambodia with Help For Heroes charities Band of Brothers & Band of Sisters.

The fundraiser joined the Angkor Wat Trek to support Help For Heroes and to find a way to find something positive from something so negative.

It's thirsty work trekking in Cambodia don't worry pure coconut milk fresh from the tree ?

Posted by Marty Help For Heroes Bear & His Adventures on Thursday, 15 March 2018

As Forces Radio BFBS Colchester’s Liz Mullen’s been hearing, it was not a comfortable experience, although she did have the support of her teddy bear, affectionately named Marty after her friend.

"Marty Bear was named after my close friend that I lost, Martin.

"He was my mascot, strapped to my rucksack every single day... he was a huge support."

In January 2017 Julie jumped out of a plane for Help For Heroes. She explains this exhilarating experience as a "turning point in my life & to open my eyes again start living again."

The walk was intense, and her toughest challenge so far. She and her walking companions had to trek up to nine hours a day in 40°c or higher heat with 99% humidity.

"As fast as you drank water you sweated it out basically. We were trekking about 20km a day so in that heat, it feels like 40km."

One night the group stayed in a monastery but could not wash properly as the water was not clean. The next camp had a waterfall but washing was not as easy as they had hoped.

"To get down to the waterfall we had to climb down 1000 steps which meant that we'd have to climb back up 1000 steps.

"It was worth it to actually feel clean again."

If you want to donate you can still do so via Julie’s JustGiving page.

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