Drinking plenty of water is great for kids. Whether they’re in primary school, playgroup, secondary school or college, the better hydrated pupils are, the healthier their bodies will be and the easier it will be for them to concentrate in the classroom.

As water is such an essential building block of life, the team at Fish Hydration have made it our mission to get kids drinking more H2O. Through raising awareness and providing specially designed products, we’re helping to get pupils hydrated one sip at a time.

As we know that some schools may not have the funds to invest in water bottles and hydration stations for their pupils, we’re especially excited to announce the launch of the new Children’s Health Fund Grants which are designed to improve children’s access to drinking water.

The Children’s Health Fund

So far, a whopping £50,000 has been collected and the fund is now open for applications for grants from schools and other organisations around the country. The money in the fund has been raised through a voluntary levy on sugary drinks in over 130 restaurants and cafes in the UK.

The first round of funding has been earmarked for projects that help to promote or provide accessibility to drinking water for children in public spaces. This is incredibly important as it will help kids to stay hydrated when they’re out and about, preventing them from turning to sugary drinks for refreshment.

Reduce demand for sugary drinks and improve access to water

The idea of this levy is that it will help to reduce the demand for sugary drinks by making them that little bit more expensive. The people behind the scheme hope to encourage children to choose alternative healthy options instead of opting for sodas and sugary fruit drinks.

By using the money raised through this levy to improve access to water in public places and in the classroom, the hope is that the project will help to change kids’ drinking habits for good. If children become more used to drinking water instead of sugary drinks, and if water is convenient and readily available, H2O should become the default drink for kids of all ages.

Grants

The Children’s Health Fund will be giving out grants of between £500-£5,000 to projects that promote or provide access to drinking water around the country.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st April and applications can be made at www.childrenshealthfund.org.uk/grants.

To find out more about the importance of water and the work we do, take a look around our site today.