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The Hydration Foundation has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to keep elderly people and those with reduced mobility hydrated and independent.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, is being awarded in recognition of the charity’s continued work in distributing Hydrant drinking systems free of charge to help prevent dehydration in the elderly and those less mobile.

Designed specifically for those with limited mobility and dexterity, the Hydrant refillable water bottles enable users to maintain their health, dignity and independence whilst also freeing up time for carers to focus on other areas.

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The Hydrant’s patented water bottle clips, hooks or hangs using a simple one-piece cap/hook/handle, enabling it to be attached to beds, chairs, wheelchairs and drip stands.

The Hydration Foundation aims to keep vulnerable people in the community hydrated, out of hospital and restore dignity and independence. In these uncertain times, this is more critical than ever before, the charity emphasises and thanks the UK Government for making it possible to help achieve its goal.

Since the start of the pandemic, The Hydration Foundation says it has seen a huge increase in enquiries regarding the donation of Hydrant systems from carers, occupational therapists, people in the community and other healthcare specialists. The charity believes this is due to people spending more time alone and the lack of resources available to vulnerable people.

The impact of dehydration on the healthcare system is huge and the impact of COVID-19 has further exacerbated this problem, the charity adds.

Baroness Greengross OBE, The Hydration Foundation’s Patron, commented: “I am so pleased to see The Hydration Foundation receive this funding. It is a remarkable organisation that is very quietly preventing many hospital admissions every year simply by enabling vulnerable people to drink without assistance.

“The importance of maintaining good level of hydration in anybody who is ill or frail is frequently ignored but is of the upmost importance. Dehydration is one of the biggest issues in healthcare and I am proud to be Patron of an organisation working so hard to help thousands of vulnerable people in the community.”

The Hydration Foundation has already donated thousands of Hydrants during the pandemic and this funding will ensure the charity can carry on making a difference in the community during this emergency.

To help individuals, The Hydration Foundation just needs details of where to send a Hydrant to, which can be submitted via email: nlrequests@thehydrationfoundation.org

In March 2020, easyTravelseat and The Hydration Foundation confirmed a new collaboration to provide a free Hydrant bottle with every easyTravelseat order. easyTravelseat is an in-situ transfer sling and seat designed to help wheelchair users transfer into and out of aeroplane seats.

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