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IKEA partner with social enterprise company to help restore dignity to children in care this Christmas

Madlug's Gareth Rees (left), Dave Linton (middle) and Rebekah Davison celebrate teaming up with Ikea this Christmas
John Monaghan

GLOBAL furniture giant IKEA has purchased 12,000 bags to gift to its employees this Christmas from a Co Armagh based social enterprise which helps young people in care.

Ikea UK has partnered with Madlug (Make a Difference Luggage), with every bag purchased for staff meaning that another bag will go to a child in the care system.

The bags will be delivered to young people throughout 2021.

Madlug, which is based in Richhill, was created in 2015 by former youth worker Dave Linton, who wanted to change the fact that many of the thousands of children in care in the UK carry their life's belongings in plastic bags.

The sturdy bags from Madlug allow them to keep all their possessions in one safe and secure place, as and when they move around the system.

Mr Linton launched a 'buy one, give one away' approach, with a bag donated to someone in care every time a purchase is made.

He said: "The social impact of this partnership is going to be huge, it means we can give out thousands of bags to children and young people in care throughout all of the UK and Ireland in 2021."

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