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Hydrate for Health wins Queens Award for Enterprise – Innovation

An image of Mark Moran next to his Hydrant drinks bottle

Mark Moran and his Queen’s Award-winning drinks system – The Hydrant

The most revolutionary of inventions often involve simply improving on pre-existing products for the ease and convenience of the consumer. One such new innovation is garnering praise not only in commercial terms, but more importantly from the users for whom it was designed. Inventor Mark Moran proudly attributes his invention’s crowning glory to the fact that it “Simply helps lots and lots of people on a daily basis to remain independent and dignified, making life easier and helps keep them out of hospital”.

The Hydrant is an innovative new drinking system designed to give those with limited mobility a way to increase independence and reduce the chance of dehydration by being able to drink whenever they want to without assistance.

The Hydrant is a drinks bottle with a unique handle/lid/clipping system with a drinking tube and bite valve attached. The bottle can be hung from a wheelchair or bed and allows the user to simply drink from the tube without having to hold the bottle.

Not only has The Hydrant wowed during its trials in NHS settings, but we’re pleased to announce that Mark’s

A blue and white logo for Queen's Award for Enterprise, which shows a solid blue crown floating above a lowercase 'e' with wings.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses.

Bristol based ‘Hydrate for Health Ltd’ has recently received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in innovation, the highest accolade that can be awarded for business success in the UK.

These awards specifically celebrate those who have achieved great feats in not only innovation, but trade as a whole. Decisions on finalists are made by a judging panel who deliberate to ensure only the most worthy are granted this highly respected award. On the 21st of April each year the winners are announced, and receive a grant of appointment, a presentational item and finally, an invitation from the Queen herself to visit Buckingham Palace.

Although prestigious awards such as the Queen’s Award for Enterprise are important to innovators and inverters, the most important praise ultimately comes from those who utilise the product. Fans of the Hydrant have turned out in droves to praise the effect it has had on the well being of themselves or loved ones.

“I received my drinking cup … I must say I cried because 13 years I have waited to be able to drink independently again. I honestly want to personal thank you from the bottom of my heart so few words for just a big thing in my life. Thank you and God bless.” Meg Spence

The Hydrant is quite rightly due to be a permanent fixture in every healthcare setting, and we send our congratulations to Mark for winning such an honourable award.

Hydrate for Health Competition

To support MS Awareness Week, and their recent Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation, Hydrate for Health is offering a free Hydrant to the first 100 people to contact them. To apply simply email –

The Hydrant is designed to help people with limited mobility to drink whenever they want to without assistance. It is making a huge difference to many people’s lives, particularly those with MS. It quite simply prevents dehydration by solving the problem of reaching, lifting, or holding drinks.

To see what people are saying about The Hydrant click here for testimonials or watch the video here:

To buy a Hydrant water bottle visit the webstore

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

Follow Me on Pinterest Inventor of the Hydrant – Mark Moran

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

Follow Me on Pinterest Hydrant Water Bottle Attached to Bed Frame

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!

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