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HUGE Congratulations to Hydrant Inventor – Mark Moran

HUGE Congratulations to Hydrant Inventor – Mark Moran

£1 million NHS Contract for Hydrant Water Bottle

Hydrant Water Bottle Inventor Mark Moran

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At Wheelchair Lap Trays, we love to congratulate fellow inventors who work hard because of their passion for their idea. Today, we want to congratulate Mark Moran, the creator of the fantastic Hydrant. We met Mark at the BHTA award ceremony when Trabasack won a design award and we have kept in touch and used Hydrants in our family home ever since. The Hydrant is one of our favourite wheelchair accessories and now the product is now being used in hospitals, to help fight the problem of dehydration.

Mark has spent a long time developing the hydrant water bottle and it allows users to access drinks through a flexible tube. Using a clever valve, the flow of water can be controlled by the user and the water bottle can be clipped to a hospital bed or wheelchair. It was Mark’s experiences after an operation which led to his development of the Hydrant as he explains to the BBC in this short news report:


The product is already used by members of the public as well as a Headley Court, the Ministry of Defence’s rehab unit and Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It has even been sold via the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) as it supports breastfeeding and use in labour.

Hydrant Contract Secured

Hydrant Water Bottle on Bed

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As the news report explains, Mark has secured a huge contract to trial the Hydrant in 50 different NHS trusts. Tests show how successful it is in improving the health of those in hospital. The risks that come with developing dehydration include:

Urinary Tract Infection

Wound Infection

Renal Failure

Through product testing, Mark has found that access to Hydrant water bottles gave patients 100% reduction in UTIs and reduced the length of their stay in hospital by 20% too. Shocking statistics show that 2 deaths a day in the NHS are down to dehydration in some way, we strongly believe that Mark’s products can be used to help people and reduce the risks, and are so pleased that his hard work to highlight this issue has paid off.

Hydrant use actually reduces NHS costs

As well as the many benefits to health, Mark’s research has shown that the Hydrant can actually help reduce hospital costs, showing there are many reasons for the investment made in this simple little invention.

We’d like to wish Mark all the success in the world and congratulate him on making it to the next step in the fight against dehydration.

Follow this link, if you are interested in finding out more or buying a Hydrant Water Bottle. We love them and use them every day!

We even made our own little video for him!

A ‘carry anywhere’ wheelchair food tray

Why not use your Trabasack as a wheelchair food tray?


“Can be carried easily on the back of a chair. Just looks like a smart bag.” a trabasack wheelchair tray on the back of a manual wheelchair Follow Me on Pinterest

If you’re a wheelchair user then you there has probably been many occasions when you have had trouble finding a suitable table whilst out. You appreciate that you may not always be able to get your legs under a low table or find an accessible space to eat.

There are many times you might just want to stop for a snack or a hot drink but it becomes difficult in areas where there aren’t places where they have though about the needs of wheelchair users. With a Trabasack you won’t have to encounter this problem again!

What’s a Trabasack?

A Trabasack is a new design created by a wheelchair user. It is a versatile wheelchair lap tray which has the additional bonus of a bag to carry your possesions. A smart and practical new invention, Trabasack combines a handy travel bag with a bean bag lap tray which means you can eat on the go wherever you are with reaching or stretching over unsuitable tables.

Trabasack is extremely easy to carry, sleek and created to fit the contours of your waist. It is adaptable with a choice of straps so that it fits to you rather that your chair. So because all wheelchairs are so different and you don’t need to worry about it being unsuitable with your particular chair.

Whenever you’re out and about and you fancy a drink or a sandwich, you can simply stop and conveniently use your lap tray to have your lunch or snack, no need to worry about finding a picnic area or food court. It’s a really great accessory for modern living.

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Creator of Trabasack in Harrods food hall with a glass of champagne

Follow Me on Pinterest You never know where you will need one, this is Harrods Foodhall!

Trabasack has received great reviews across the Internet, on many personal blogs of users and the parents of users as well as more recently on Amazon. There are some extremely positive reviews on Amazon describing the Trabasack as both “the best invention ever” that one user doesn’t “go anywhere without it.” These are truly testaments to the quality of the Trabasack and how it really becomes an essential piece of kit for many of its users.

Next time you fancy a snack or perhaps a beer in a busy pub, don’t worry about finding a table, just whip out your Trabasack and you’ve got a portable table or wheelchair food tray wherever you go.


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Using Your Trabasack As A Wheelchair Food Tray

Using Your Trabasack As A Wheelchair Food Tray

As a wheelchair user you are probably more than aware of the problem of eating when out and about. In restaurants, pubs and cafes it can be very difficult to find an accessible table or surface that you can close enough to to eat from. It isn’t easy to eat without a level surface to rest things on. Unfortunately many pubs, cafes and eating places forget that at least one table should be slightly higher to make it easy for a wheelchair and powerchair user to get right underneath.

trabasack in Ireland being used at a restuarant table Follow Me on Pinterest


There are many occasions when wheelchair users find it hard to find a comfortable eating place:

  1. No tables available
  2. The tables that are available are inaccessible (too low/high or legs in the wrong places)
  3. The only available tables are upstairs and there’s no lift.
  4. The only free table is at the back of a crowded restaurant and you don’t fancy battling through!

Solve these problems with a Trabasack wheelchair food tray

These common problems are encountered daily all over the world by wheelchair users  but they can be solved simply with the aid of a Trabasack. Trabasack was designed by a wheelchair user (Clare Edwards, as pictured) and has won many awards for it’s stylish design and functional ‘Design-for-all’ concept. Used as a wheelchair food tray it is a great way dining out conveniently and comfortably, so that you can get on with life, despite the negligence of cafe and restaurant owners who should provide better access!

With a Trabasack food tray comfortably eat or drink from your tray on your lap without having to worry about finding a table or fitting under a table with your friends or family. You can be attend social events without the worry that you will not be able to reach or get under a suitable table.  You are able to attend and eat your meal or enjoy your drinks from the stylish, ease of your Trabasack food tray.

Previous to using your Trabasack, the danger of scalds and burns was much higher as drinking a hot coffee or eating a hot meal without a proper surface to rest it on is extremely dangerous but by using your Trabasack, you can rest your drink or food as and when you need to. It has a small bean bag inside it that makes it level and stable on your lap as well a purpose designed PVC tray top surface for food and hot drinks. It can also be carried and used as bag. There is room inside the bag space for preferred cups, water bottle, cutlery or splints – anything that you like to carry to make eating out easier.

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Trabasack is highly recommended by many other wheelchair users and described as the “best invention ever” by one reviewer on Amazon. It’s a fantastic innovation which has really added an extra ease to many people’s lives and makes things a lot simpler whilst out and about. Blogger Markinsutton says the only regret he has regarding his Trabasack is that he didn’t buy one sooner! When trabasack creator Clare Edwards forgot her trabasack at a pinic table and mentioned it on twitter, Mark immediately tweeted:









@ never leave home without my Trabasack
Mark Mayer

Using your Trabasack as an innovative wheelchair food tray is a great way of eating out socially or eating whilst on to go.

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