A father from North Devon says he's been overwhelmed with help in his quest to trace a cup for his autistic son. Ben Carter refuses to drink out of anything other than his Tommee Tippee cup, which is now falling apart. His dad says the hunt for a replacement could be the difference between life and death.
Since the age of two Ben Carter has drunk only from this style and colour of cup - only at home and only when he`s hungry too. No other will do. Concerned that his cups were wearing out his father began an internet search three years ago. It's no exaggeration he says: Ben's life could depend on it.
After failing to find an exact match Mark Carter published his plight on social media. Hiss heart felt article has been passed on more than 19,000 times reaching prompting replies form all over the world.
The cup was made 12 years-ago by Tommy Tippee - and the company didn't have of any from that time but it's now offered to send on any potential matches sent to them free of charge.
As Marc sends off Ben to school he's now looking forward to the first of many promised parcels arriving soon; second hand plastic cups that could be a lifesaver.