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Olivia Cox recalls losing her boyfriend in Afghanistan

25 Feb 2019 Daily Mail Online

A model and TV presenter has spoken movingly about losing the man she loved after he was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Olivia Cox, 28, was left heartbroken after former boyfriend Lieutenant David Boyce died in November 2011 aged 25.

The social media star was speaking to soldier Harry Jones, who opened up about his own battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, as part of a campaign for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

Lt David Boyce, 25, of the 1st The Queen's Dragoons Guards was killed by an explosion in Helmand Province on 17 November 2011. 

Heartbroken and struggling to cope, Olivia signed up to the London Marathon to raise money for Help For Heroes in Dave's memory. 

In the poignant video, she tells how, training for the race, and support from family and friends, got her through.

She recalls: 'The vision that I'll always remember from Dave's repatriation from the week after he was killed is, as I got out of the car when we arrived at Brize Norton, I saw the plane coming in to land and as the rear wing touched down, I've always remembered that sight.

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'When I was running I'd look up at the sky and I'd look up for a plane, and then in that I started looking up and I'd see a little bit of blue and I'd think Dave was with me.' 

The film is part of the Facing it Together campaign, which aims to show audiences the difference that Help for Heroes supporters can make to the lives of veterans and their families. 

Olivia and Dave met and served together as Platoon Commanders at Exeter University Officer Training Corps.

She shot the clip at Tedworth House two weeks ago and described in a recent Instagram post how the trip had  brought back painful memories for her.

Emotional: In the poignant video, Olivia tells how training for the race, and support from family and friends, got her through

Olivia has likened her loss to 'having the stability ripped from under my feet,' and was met with an outpouring of support from her 27,500 followers

Taking to Instagram after filming, Olivia wrote: 'If I'm honest, I can't understand it and am still full of questions - I mean, why him??? There's still a part of me expecting him to come home. I have been living in the past and it is exhausting'

She wrote: 'If I'm honest, I can't understand [Dave's death] and am still full of questions - I mean, why him??? 

'There's still a part of me expecting him to come home. I have been living in the past and it is exhausting.'

She also likened her loss to 'having the stability ripped from under my feet,' and was met with an outpouring of support from her 27,500 followers.

Olivia wrote: 'It was so strange being back in a military-ish setting. I can't actually describe it, but there was something even about walking down the pristine, uniform corridors that felt like I was living-out a flashback. 

The social media star was speaking to soldier Harry Jones, who opened up about his own battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, as part of a video campaign for Help for Heroes

Harry revealed that he was in a 'dark' place after being discharged from the Army due to mental illness as he struggled with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

'I met some of the beneficiaries of H4H, and was completely humbled by their stories. 

'But I have to be honest - it's not entirely about them why I support the charity, it's also for myself. 

'Part of the healing process since that awful phone call on the evening of 17th November 2011 has been learning to come to terms with Dave's death and allowing myself time to believe it has really happened. 

The model and fashion blogger likened her loss to 'having the stability ripped from under my feet,' and was met with an outpouring of support from her 27,500 followers

'If I'm honest, I can't understand it and am still full of questions - I mean, why him??? There's still a part of me expecting him to come home. I have been living in the past and it is exhausting. 

'I never want to forget him or the memories, but I want to think of them and smile. 

'Immediately after, I got into some pretty horrid situations because I was searching for answers to unanswerable questions, and a replacement rock to be the stability that'd been ripped from under my feet. 

'If I hadn't had fundraising and training for the 2012 London Marathon to focus on I'm not sure I'd be here today. Thank you #Help4Heroes for giving me structure and purpose when I needed it most.' 

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