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There was a happy ending for the dad trying to find a sippy cup for his son with autism

Tommee Tippee have gone and made 500 of them.

A COUPLE OF weeks ago, the story of Englishman Marc Carter and his search for a very special sippy cup went viral around the world.

The reason was that his son Ben has severe non-verbal autism – and ever since he was two, he has exclusively drank out of a little blue Tommee Tippee sippy cup. Crucially, Ben won’t drink from anything else, and his current cup was falling apart.

This was the cup in question – and the family were desperately searching for a replacement

benscup Source: Sligo Volunteer Centre Facebook

The story touched so many people when they heard it – and the Sligo Volunteer Centre’s Facebook post on it went viral in Ireland. Luckily, they were able to find a match for the sippy cup and post it over to England

sippycup2 Source: Sligo Volunteer Centre

But the story has got even better.

Tommee Tippee has confirmed that they are doing a special production run of 500 cups for Ben so that the family will never run out again.

As a spokesperson told ITV, it wasn’t the easiest thing to replicate:

Starting the production of a cup that hasn’t been manufactured for almost two decades isn’t a straightforward process, but we’re thrilled to confirm that we’re able to do it.
We’re confident that this production run, combined with the cups that have been sent by truly amazing people from across the world, will make a real difference to Ben, and give him enough cups for the rest of his life.

So there’s now 500 exact matches in production to add to the countless numbers being sent in from around the world

cupsforben Source: ITV News Twitter

The Sligo Volunteer Centre were only delighted with the news last night:

We at Sligo Volunteer Centre are so proud to have been a little part of this good news story.

Fairytales do come true after all, with thanks to the generosity of internet strangers.

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