Fund to support Archers’ character Helen Titchener raises £60,000 for Refuge


Today, a fund set up to support The Archers’ character Helen Titchener, who is experiencing domestic abuse, has reached £60,000.  All proceeds from the fund are being donated to Refuge. Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says: 

“£60,000 is a phenomenal amount of money, and the most ever raised for Refuge by an individual supporter. Refuge has been touched by people’s generosity, and would particularly like to thank Paul Trueman, the Archers’ listener who set up the JustGiving page less than a month ago. We are so grateful.

“This money will go towards our life-saving services, which support women and children escaping domestic violence. One in every four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. In England and Wales, two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner. There are countless real-life Helen Titcheners – and real-life Henrys – up and down the country, and they desperately need front-line services like ours. In a climate of squeezed local authority budgets, the money raised will make an enormous difference.

“I would also like to pay tribute to The Archers’ scriptwriters. The ‘real time’ approach they have taken to showing how a perpetrator of domestic violence controls and confuses his partner is incredibly powerful – and sadly all too accurate. They have brought the daily reality of the ‘hidden’ forms of domestic abuse and its more subtle and insidious elements into people’s living rooms and kitchens. To see the awareness they have raised has been heartening.

“Talking about domestic violence is still taboo, and this storyline has given Refuge an amazing opportunity to get our message out there – and perhaps reach women who may be experiencing the same kind of abuse as Helen Titchener. Domestic violence is a crime. No woman should have to live in fear of her partner. We all have a role to play in ending it – and today, Archers’ listeners have certainly played theirs.”

If you would like to donate to Refuge via the Helen Titchener Fund, click here. For more information, contact the press office on of hours and weekend enquiries 07970 894240.