Archers fundraising page raises £100,000 for Refuge

A fan of the BBC radio soap set up the JustGiving page in response to a storyline featuring domestic abuse

The fundraising page
The fundraising page

More than £100,000 has been raised for the charity Refuge through a JustGiving page set up because of a high-profile domestic abuse storyline in the long-running BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers.

The storyline, which has developed over the past two-and-a-half years, documents the mental cruelty inflicted by one of the show’s characters, Rob Titchener, on his wife Helen.

The story reached a peak on Sunday when Helen stabbed Rob after he tried to prevent her leaving the family home.

Inspired by the storyline, a fan of the show, Paul Trueman, set up a JustGiving page called the Helen Titchener (née Archer) Rescue Fund to raise money for Refuge.

The page, which was set up two months ago, broke the £100,000 mark on Tuesday and had passed £104,000 today.

Comment: Five lessons from Refuge and the Helen Titchener campaign

The page calls on fans to "do something constructive and think of all the women who are genuinely stuck in relationships like this – and much, much worse". 

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said in a statement that the money raised by the page so far was a tremendous achievement.

"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," she said.

"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 might one day respond when she is in great danger.

"Talking about domestic violence is still taboo, and the storyline has given Refuge a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness, reaching women who might be experiencing the same kind of abuse as Helen Titchener."

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