'I reunite children with autism with their precious possessions'
When Marc Carter's son Ben had nearly worn his favourite sippy cup to breaking point last year, Marc knew that the consequences could be devastating. The blue Tommee Tippee cup, no longer being manufactured, was the only thing Ben, who is severely autistic, would ever drink from.
With the cup desperately worn and only fit for the bin, Marc took to social media for help. The tweet went viral and when the cups' manufacturers heard of Ben's plight, they tracked down an old mould from a factory in China and produced a lifetime supply of 500 cups for him. Since then, Marc began helping other families of autistic children to find discontinued items they have become attached to, and his website has helped nearly 2000 items be found.
Marc joins us to tell us more about the challenges of parenting three autistic children and how he had no idea quite how incredible his search for the 'little blue cup' would become.
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ELLA MAE: Six-year-old Ella Mae can't speak, she is deaf and suffers with epilepsy amongst various other conditions. She can't walk independently but can crawl, roll or slide on her back. She is obsessed with her little green frog, although she chews everything and the poor frog won't last long. Ella Mae from Cambridgeshire needs as many of these discontinued green froggies as possible.
KEARYN: Four-year-old Kearyn has Neurofibromatosis type 1 (the general name for a number of genetic conditions that cause tumours to grow along your nerves) and Noonan Syndrome. He also has Autism and a brain tumour causing some mild seizures. He is blind too. He can't use cutlery and only uses one specific B&M baby bottle which has now been discontinued. No one has ever found one of these from our call out on the website.
ISAAC: Nine-year-old Isaac from South Lanarkshire in Scotland is diagnosed with severe autism, he is unable to communicate verbally and has significant learning difficulties, and a tumour on his brain. Isaac is obsessed with lifts - watching them, being in them, just everything about them. With Christmas coming, and shops‚Ä¶ and lifts being closed, his parents are asking people to send videos in lifts so Isaac can get his 'lift fix'!