No child should carry their life in a bin bag – with Dave Linton

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We’ve all heard stories which have horrified us. But when Dave Linton was told how most children in care have to transport all their possessions – their lives – in black bin bags, he wasn’t only shocked and appalled. He resolved to do something about it.

Dave, a former youth worker, launched social enterprise Madlug CIC to give dignity to children in care.

Madlug stands for Make a Difference Luggage and makes “incredible bags.” For every Madlug bag bought by a member of the public a giving bag, centred around the needs of children in care, is donated.

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In this inspirational episode, Dave covers:

  • His lightbulb moment and why he launched Madlug
  • Starting the business with just £500 and where he focused his energy first
  • The most difficult challenge he faced to get the business up and running
  • How Madlug grew
  • Its impact so far, not only from giving over 10,000 bags to children, but further impact too
  • Future plans
  • Advice for other social entrepreneurs

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  • And if you are interested in being interviewed and are from an existing social enterprise creating a proven impact, please contact presenter Heidi Fisher at Make An Impact CIC