Regrettably due to health issues, Jules had to step back from the ride some weeks ago, but she still hopes to turn a pedal and/or wave enthusiastically from the road side. This is her story.
Hi I’m Jules Adcock and part of the Admin Hero Jogle Relay Team.
I also helped come up with the initial idea of the cycle ride and the behind the scenes planning. So yes I’m partly to blame!
I have been a volunteer and fundraiser for Help for Heroes for nearly 5 years now.
I’ve also attended a H4H mentoring course and set up my own sewing craft sessions at one of the recovery centres supporting veterans and their families which I totally loved doing.
I also recently made what felt like a zillion masks 😷 in lockdown to fundraise for H4H – another fine mess I got myself into! My link to Help for Heroes is linked to a difficult experience. Sadly, I lost a close friend, Martin, who served 24 years in the Military Police and Intelligence Corp. He struggled with his mental health upon leaving the Army & took his own life in 2016.
This had a hugely traumatic effect on my life and left a huge void. Something I will never get over if honest. After losing Martin I went to stay a while in Australia with my cousin for a break and to look after my own mental health as I came to terms with the loss.
My lovely cousin gifted me a free fall tandem skydive to jump while I was out there. His reason for the gift he said and I quote ‘You need to scream all that shit out on the way down’.
At the time, with my anxiety already in pieces, I decided the only way you would get me to jump out a plane was to do it in Martin’s memory to raise money for charity. So that’s what I did, I jumped for Help for Heroes in memory of Martin who I lost 5 months earlier.
Yes it did help to scream all that shit out on the way down. Didn’t stop screaming the whole way down.
This event marked a turning point in my life and gave me a purpose to try to help others like Martin who are struggling. On my return from Australia I signed up to be a volunteer for Help for Heroes charity and worked to organise fundraising events and supporting others. Raising well over £10k just doing my own challenges. Some I I never dreamed I would the find the courage to do which surprised myself.
Free fall sky dive 2017
Yorkshire 3 peaks 2017
Cambodia trek 2018
Ben Nevis 2018
Big Battlefield Bike Ride 2019
Sadly I had to slow down a bit in 2019 for health reasons as I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This diagnosis came as a huge shock and was one week before the BBBR19 cycle challenge of 350miles i over 5 days Normandy to Paris.
I nearly didn’t go if I’m honest but I didn’t want to let anyone down so I decided to go on the cycle challenge. I decided not to tell anyone because I didn’t want to lower the mood on the ride with my diagnosis so I just sucked it up and got on with it for the week. I won’t lie, it was hard – emotionally and physically – but I did it and it was the best decision I ever made. It gave me the fight to face what I had to face on my return. Not only do you make friends for life, you’re like a little family that supports each other every step of the way.
I will be supporting the Hero JOGLE Relay and have signed up to do some miles on the journey this September which will be my first big event since going through breast cancer and reconstruction 🎀
So if I can do it, anyone can, give it a try! Trust me, after so much lockdown let’s get outside and start doing fun things again 🚲🚲🚲