The Helen Titchener fund raises £100,000 for Refuge

5th April 2016

Today, a fund set up to support The Archers’ character Helen Titchener, who has been experiencing domestic violence at the hands of her husband Rob, has reached £100,000.  All proceeds from the fund are being donated to Refuge. Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says: 

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 22.09.57“To have raised £100,000 for Refuge is a tremendous achievement, and I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Helen Titchener Fund. The generosity of The Archers’ listeners will allow Refuge to support real-life Helens and Henrys escaping domestic violence up and down the country.

“Refuge supports 3,700 women and children on any given day. Our services do not just save lives, they change lives – our staff give women the building blocks they need to build new lives, free from violence. Yet since 2011, Refuge has experienced funding cuts to 80% of its services, with some being cut by up to 50%. This is why the money being raised is so important. £100,000 will help pay for these vital services.

“The dramatic twist in Sunday evening’s episode led to a huge spike in donations, and it is testament to the scriptwriters’ skill in portraying a desperate woman driven to a desperate act that so many felt compelled to give. The ‘real time’ approach the writers have taken to showing how an abuser controls and confuses his partner over time is incredibly powerful – and sadly all too accurate. Sunday’s episode was a realistic portrayal of how a victim of prolonged abuse may one day respond when she is in great danger.

“Talking about domestic violence is still taboo, and The Archers’ storyline has given Refuge a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness, reaching women who may be experiencing the same kind of abuse as Helen Titchener. I am truly grateful to both The Archers and everyone who donated – particularly Paul Trueman, the Refuge supporter who began the page. Your support will make a real difference.”

If you would like to donate to Refuge via the Helen Titchener Fund, click here. For more information, contact the press office on press@refuge.org.uk or phone 0207 395 7731 

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