Leeds Cares funds 1,500 water bottles for Pelvic Radiotherapy patients

The new initiative was inspired by feedback from a former patient

Pictured celebrating the launch of the bottles is Paul, a radiotherapy patient and some of the team. 


Thanks to your generous donations, Leeds Cares has funded £3,500 to purchase 1,500 water bottles for patients undergoing pelvic radiotherapy in the Radiotherapy department at Leeds Cancer Centre.

Following a suggestion from former patient Dave Rigby, staff from the Radiotherapy department approached Leeds Cares to help fund new water bottles for patients undergoing pelvic radiotherapy. The department are accepting a minimum donation of £3 per bottle, with all proceeds going towards repurchasing the bottles for future patients.

Dave said, “At the start of my treatment programme, I was sitting near a water dispenser, waiting to consume my three cupsful. I started thinking about the number of plastic cups being used and the waste problems. So encouraging the use of reusable water bottles seemed like a good way forward. It also provides the additional advantage having the freedom to move around the unit, visit the café, or get some fresh air in one of the garden areas. I’m really pleased that the Unit has taken the idea forward and will be supplying reusable water bottles to pelvic radiotherapy patients.”

100,000 disposable plastic cups used per year will be totally replaced by 1,500 bottles

The water bottles officially launched in the department on 10th June and within the first week 47 were sold amounting to a total of £107.84 in donations to Leeds Cares. These new water bottles will allow patients to drink the correct amount of water before treatment, allowing for more accurate results. The bottles are also much more environmentally friendly, made from recyclable materials, and are BPA free.

Kelly Picken, Radiotherapy Advanced Practitioner, told us, “‘These bottles will have a great impact on patients daily treatment by removing the uncertainty in filling 3 cups of water to a certain level. This means no more struggling to carry 3 cups at once and patients with mobility issues will no longer have to visit the water fountains multiple times. By using these new bottles, we’re also reducing the amount of plastic waste produced, we calculated that this patient group used around 100,000 disposable plastic cups a year, but now, thanks to this initiative this has been totally replaced by 1,500 bottles.”