The Archers’ fans help save domestic violence services by raising a phenomenal £150,000 for national charity Refuge

11th September

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Today, a jaw-dropping £150,000 has been raised for Refuge, the national domestic violence charity, thanks to the creativity of Paul Trueman.

Paul, an avid The Archers fan and Refuge supporter, set up The Helen Titchener Fund in February in response to a domestic violence story line escalating between two key characters, Rob and Helen Titchener.

What started as an idea to do good off the back of a harrowing storyline took off overnight, as Archers’ fans donated in order to support real-life Helens. Today, just seven months on, the Fund has tipped the £150,000 mark. This money is the equivalent of almost 2,900 nights in a refuge for a woman escaping domestic violence and her family.

Paul Trueman said: 

“If you’d told me that all this would happen when I sat down one dark night in February and set up a Just Giving page for a fictional character, I would have said you’d drunk too much of the Grundy cider. As incredible as the £150k is, I have also been absolutely bowled over by the thousands of comments left on the page and would urge everyone to take a look. They speak both to the scale of the lives affected as well as the healing power of charities like Refuge to help families put their lives back together. Huge thanks to every one of the thousands of people who have donated and helped spread the word – you’ve been amazing. It has been one the greatest privileges of my life fronting what has very much been a team effort, and I wouldn’t have missed the late nights and frantic tweeting for the world.”

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge says:

“Never before in my 33 career at Refuge have I seen such amazing public support for our work.  I am humbled by each and every one of the almost 7,500 individuals who have supported this fund.  Every day Refuge supports 3,800 real-life Helens and Henrys – women and children who have escaped the most horrific abuse and who reach out to us for sanctuary and safety.  Yet the life-saving and life-changing services we run are under real pressure due to reductions in funding – 80% of Refuge’s services have experienced cuts since 2011. This support could not come at a better time for Refuge – I cannot thank those who have given so generously enough.” 

Some of the donors to the Helen Titchener Fund said:

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If you would like more information on the work Refuge does or the Helen Titchener Fund, please contact our press office on press@refuge.org.uk or phone 0207 395 7731. Out of hours and weekend number: 07970 894240