A British father who launched a Twitter appeal to hunt down a drinking cup, was moved to tears after strangers from around the world scoured their cupboards.

The cup is the only thing his severely autistic son will drink from.

Marc Carter, 42, from Devon, made the appeal on Monday explaining that his 13-year-old son Ben’s favourite cup is so old it is on the verge of falling apart and if it were to do so could mean the end of his life, the BBC reports.

“The cup keeps him alive. If we lost the cup and couldn’t find another Ben would die. He would be put on fluids in hospital but he would yank out the tubes,” he said.

“This tiny blue cup dictates our life.”

In his Twitter appeal Mr carter said Ben had not drunk at school since the age of 5.

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“He doesn’t drink outside the house so we can’t go anywhere,” he wrote. “People say he will drink when he’s thirsty but two emergency trips to A&E with severe dehydration say otherwise.” Mr Carter said he had looked around for a replacement but the model of cup so cherished by his son is no longer made.

His appeal reached the cup’s manufacturer Tommee Tippee, which said its staff had been touched by the family’s story and had a dedicated team looking for the cup in its archive of product samples.

Other individuals who came across the cup offered to send theirs to Ben immediately.

Mr Carter said their help has been incredibly moving and had reduced him to tears. “I’ve had people tweeting to say good luck and people looking in their cupboards for the cups. They don’t know me – it’s been amazing and moving,” he said. “I feel humble. It’s a lovely thing. I’m asking for a little blue cup and that is what is touching people. Mr Carter said he had seven replacement cups on the way and hoped to stock up on many more.

“Ben might need this cup for the rest of his life so it will be great to have stock. It would be life-changing,” he said.

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  • That is the sweetest thing that poor boy I know how it is when my baby’s lost their favourite blanket no other one was the same even if it was identical they knew the difference


  • I wish I had some to donate but we never had them. Any Autistic person is hyper sensitive to change, especially those with severely high level issues.


  • So nice to read that so many people are willing to help.
    If the son refuses to drink unless he has that cup, it’s indeed very important to find more exactly like that!


  • It’s great that people were able to help this family.


  • People are so willing to help when they can


  • It is great when strangers help people out in need!


  • What an amazing story. So great to hear people reaching out and showing compassion. There are people out there who truly care, it’s reassuring to know!


  • Wow, what a nice heart felt story for a change. It would be difficult for this poor dad.


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