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Novel Entertainment and Horrid Henry Team Up with Social Enterprise, Madlug

Horrid Henry Madlug Novel Backpack

Novel Entertainment is teaming up with social enterprise Madlug to support the company’s mission to raise awareness of the value and worth of care experienced children, while helping them make their way with dignity. Under the collaboration, Novel Entertainment has donated its Horrid Henry brand to enable Madlug to create a backpack featuring the popular children’s entertainment property.


Launching on Friday 22nd July and priced at £29.99 (~ $35.00,) the Madlug x Horrid Henry backpack will be available in red and blue. As part of Madlug’s ‘buy one, give one’ initiative, for every Horrid Henry backpack purchased, a care experienced child will receive a pack-away travel bag.


The Horrid Henry x Madlug backpack, which features a logo specially designed to incorporate Madlug’s brand by House of Fandango’s Lucy Freeth, will be available to buy exclusively from The launch will be supported by a promotional and social media campaign.


As well as supporting Madlug’s aim to empower care experienced young people by providing them with job training and entrepreneurial opportunities, this initiative aligns with Novel’s wider social impact program. Last year saw the release of Horrid Henry and the Groovy Grandma, a conversation about loss, which was donated to GOSH’s Power of Play Platform. Alongside inclusivity consultant George O’Shaughnessy, Madlug, and the Foundling Museum, Novel Entertainment is now working on a second film, which will be a conversation about love.


Novel Entertainment’s Co-Founder and Creative Director, Lucinda Whiteley, said: “As part of our ongoing drive to bring Horrid Henry into the area of social impact, it’s a privilege to support and be part of Madlug’s hugely worthwhile mission. Our aim is to continue this collaboration in the long-term and to support Madlug’s enterprise as they make sure every child with care experience knows that they are incredible.”


Dave Linton, Founder at Madlug, added: “There’s over 100,000 children in care in the UK and Ireland and one child enters the care system every 15 minutes, most having their belongings moved in black bin bags or plastic shopping bags. This is the first time we’ve collaborated with a company to use their IP to raise funds for the Madlug movement, and we’re delighted to have Novel Entertainment’s support as we give Horrid Henry fans the chance to give dignity to children in care. Because no child should be carrying their life in a bin bag.”


To find out more information about Madlug and to purchase a Horrid Henry backpack from Friday 22nd July, please visit: