Dad’s discontinued cup search for son with autism

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Twitter: Photos of Ben's cup That’s a lot of cups,” he posted in an update.Mr Carter said he had been “moved to tears” by the help offered by others.”You have genuinely helped us as a family and given Ben the chance to have lots more cups which are so important in his very complicated little life,” he said.Tommee Tippee asked anyone who believed they have the cup to send them a private message on Facebook with an image. A UK father’s search for a discontinued blue cup his son with severe autism drinks exclusively from has sparked responses from around the world.Marc Carter said in a post on Twitter his son Ben, 14, has drunk from a blue Tommee Tippee two-handed cup since he was two years old.But he said the cups disintegrated over time, rendering them unusable, and his current one did not have long left, after three years of use.”These cups are not made anymore, the replacements are all new and fancy, we’ve tried them, Ben throws them at us,” Mr Carter, who posts as @GrumpyCarer, said.”People say he will drink when he’s thirsty, but two emergency trips to A&E (accident and emergency department) with severe dehydration say otherwise.”In all honesty we are really worried what will happen if [the cup] falls apart completely.”
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Twitter: Photo of Ben
Mr Carter, who said he is a full-time carer to his three children, asked if others had the older model “stuck at the back of a cupboard” and offered to pay for cups and postage.Tommee Tippee later offered to provide free postage, in a post on their Facebook page.It said, because the cups were an old model, they no longer have the production tools to make them.”We’ve had a dedicated team searching high and low for this particular cup and have not only checked our archives but have been as far as searching through our cupboards,” the company posted.”So far, we’ve found that the cup was made in the 1990s and was made especially for [pharmacy] Boots.”Mr Carter said Tommee Tippee have found one cup, while social media users had organised to send him “enough to last us a few years”.But he said more were needed.”The reality is Ben is unlikely to change, so I will need these for the rest of his life.
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Marc Carter said his son Ben has drunk from a blue Tommee Tippee cup since he was two years old. (Twitter: Marc Carter)

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