BASIL Brush has joined forces with TV Property expert Martin Roberts from Homes under the Hammer to provide whimsical entertainment and emotional support for kids in lockdown or home schooling.
It comes in the wake of reports that one of the side effects of lockdown has been the huge pressure on the mental health of children.
At the same time, schools have been trying to find ways to help children continue their learning whilst at home.
Now an unlikely celebrity pairing and a new initiative with a friendly fox at the helm is specifically targeted to help with both issues – and the fruits of their efforts are being sent out to primary schools across the country, including infant schools in Malvern.
Martin has enlisted the support of legendary children’s entertainer and all round good fox, Basil Brush, to create a charming narrated and partially animated version of Sadsville, a magical and whimsical illustrated book from his ‘Herman and the Magical Bus to The Villes’ series.
The recording has just been released on YouTube for general viewing, and is also being sent out THIS WEEK with an accompanying home study pack FREE to all primary schools in the UK, with a view to them passing it on to their pupils.
Roberts wrote Sadsville in support of the invaluable work of the NSPCC and Childline.
It contains an emotional well-being self-help guide and details of how to contact Childline.
It forms part of the campaign to help children’s mental well-being that is the mainstay of the authors own charity The Martin Roberts Foundation (Reg no 1172905) which aims to give a free copy of the physical book to every child in Year 4 (8 & 9 year olds) in the UK.
So far over 30,000 books have been distributed, with more to come.
Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC says: “Currently, we are hearing from children in their thousands who have been cut off from vital support networks such as school and friends, and that has increased their feelings of loneliness and vulnerability.
“However, there are many more out there who are suffering in silence, which is why we are doing all we can to let children know we are still here for them.”
“Using Basil Brush to narrate Sadsville is a unique and entertaining approach to letting even more children know how they can contact Childline if things are tough, and I am confident it will be very successful.”
Basil Brush says: “It was a booming pleasure to be part of Mr Martin’s wonderful book, to read his lovely story and help the NSPCC and their Childline service at the same time.
“The illustrations are perfect, but for some reason I felt peckish at the end …you’ll know why when you read it …. It might even bring a tear to your eye.”