A dad’s desperate search to replace his autistic son’s beloved "little blue cup" has ended - after the manufacturer stepped in to make a lifetime’s supply.
Marc Carter’s plea to find a replacement sippy cup for son Ben was retweeted more than 12,000 times. The 14-year-old has only drunk from the double-handled vessels, which are no longer produced, since the age of two. Tommee Tippee said it will produce 500 cups after it searched factories worldwide and found the original mould.
The firm’s attention was drawn to the family’s plight when Mr Carter launched the Twitter appeal to find a replacement.
Mr Carter, 42, said the response from well-wishers had been "incredible" and it was a "huge surprise" to be contacted by the manufacturer.
Mr Carter said："Some people think I’m exaggerating but without it he doesn’t drink so personally I’m very relieved." Tommee Tippee will send the cups on demand for free to the Carter family.
A Tommee Tippee spokesman said："We are delighted to confirm that we are able to start production on a run of the original cup. This will ensure that Ben has a lifetime supply and that his family won’t ever have to worry about finding another cup for Ben."
step in：介入、干預。例句：The governemnt stepped in to stabilize vegetable prices.（政府出面干預，以穩定菜價。）
well-wisher：祝福者、具善意的人。例句：The cause has many well-wishers.（這項目標受到許多人祝福。）
on demand：一經要求、承索。例句：The dog is being fed on demand.（這隻狗一有索討動作就獲餵食。）