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PAW-SOME: Northwood woman brings canine comedy to mental health festival

 Published on: 13th January 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood woman who used her TV production company to provide free wellbeing resources to kids during the pandemic is teaming up with a charity to bring the project to a festival on mental health.

Sallyann Keizer brought about the ‘Bow-Wowza’ project in April 2020, feeling children, teachers and parents across the country needed access to material helping with mental health the COVID-19 pandemic spread.

Starring her Black Labrador Archie Archibald and filmed by her at home in Northwood, she created 10 short films and a YouTube channel, filled not only with resources for wellbeing but also canine comedy to give children something to laugh about.

Sallyann’s BAFTA-winning production company Sixth Sense Media, which she founded in 2000, had already launched the ‘Happynesshub’, which provides materials for adults to support their kids’ mental health.

Now, they’ll be collaborating with charity Beyond to support the second National Youth Mental Health Festival, which will take place on February 9. With CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley, there’ll be a live-streamed ‘Bow-Wowza’ show teaching children across the country to be ‘comfortable in your own fur’.

Speaking on the project, Sallyann said: “The Bow-Wowza vision is to support every child to flourish – and our collaboration with the wonderful charity Beyond is very much a part of this dream for our team. If we can change just one child’s life with our comedy talking dogs that makes me happy.

“So being able to reach thousands of schools and hundreds of thousands of children with the help of Beyond gives me great hope that along with other volunteers and mental health organisations we can empower our future generation to fly.”

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