#thearchers knitted artwork raising awareness of Domestic Violence

A knitted message for Helen Titchener of The Archers

This knitted artwork was created to raise awareness of domestic violence. BBC Radio 4’s programme ‘The Archers’ storyline about the relationship between Helen and Rob Titchener explores this issue. The artwork is sited by the memorial to Penny Beale who was brutally murdered on 25th November 2001 in Hastings by her partner.

The piece was sited in Hastings Old Town,  the High Street, next to the Penny Beale Memorial. Penny’s mum has produced a video call ‘ Breaking the Silence‘ that tell hers and Penny’s story. Please take the time to watch it.


Penny Beale Memorial in Old Town Hastings
Penny Beale Memorial in Old Town Hastings

Before I was married I was in a relationship very similar to the fictional character Helen. This made listening to some episodes very harrowing. Having a local connection to this work is very important to me. It’s not just an Archers’ storyline but something that affects people where you live.

Below is a short clip about making the artwork

I think that the BBC should be congratulated for tackling such an important issue through the characters of Helen and Rod Titchener.

Fans of The Archers inspired by the plot have raised more than £76,000 for Refuge, the domestic violence charity.

I love knitting and the Archers, so it’s great to be able to combine them for a good cause.

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