Archers fan from Devon ‘accidentally’ raises £22k for Refuge

I spotted this on the BBC news website earlier and I thought it was a great story.

Archers fan Paul Trueman from Devon was inspired to start a fundraising campaign on behalf of one of the characters in the Archers, Helen Titchener whose storyline is she’s being abused by her husband Rob. Paul said, “There’s a joke among Archers fans that we think it’s real, but if it was real you would go and get her. I thought ‘what if you could create a Just Giving page for a fictional person but give the money to real women who we know are in that situation? It happened accidentally really – I know there’s a huge Archers following on Twitter and once I’d shared it, it just took off.”

The initial target was originally set at £1,000, but at the time of writing (6:50pm on Sunday 7th February 2016), the current total stands at £38,875! All of the proceeds of the fundraising will go to the domestic violence charity Refuge to support real women who are sadly in Helen’s position. Such an amazing amount of money, I can’t wait to see how much they raise in total!

You can read the BBC news article here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-35501587

You can donate to ‘The Helen Titchener (nee Archer) Rescue Fund’ here:
https://www.justgiving.com/helentitchener/

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