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British Airways aid horse Gracie May with First Class blanket

British Airways has come to the aid of HorseWorld resident, Gracie May whose carers initiated a national appeal for a pair of pyjamas to help stop her itching.

The 7ft female horse is cared for by HorseWorld, a Bristol based charity which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes animals which have been abandoned, neglected or ill-treated. Gracie May suffers from sweet itch, a medical condition that arises because of midge bites, for which there is no known cure.

The team of professionals who look after her called for a ‘skilled sewing machinist’ who might be able to help create a bespoke garment to remedy the situation.

British Airways, with one of its suppliers – Orvec International Ltd, custom-made a set of luxury pyjamas from the same fabric it uses for sleeper suits given out to first class customers.

Hannah Miller, HorseWorld Visitor Centre groom, said: “We were surprised but delighted to receive the offer of a first class sleeper suit from British Airways for our gentle giant Gracie May.

“Since she came to HorseWorld in 2001 her popularity has soared, but we never expected she’d be flying in First.”

“She’s now the envy of HorseWorld’s other animals… and grooms!”

British Airways Sleeper Suit

British Airways and Orvec teams spent several weeks creating the right kind of outfit for Gracie May, which like its onboard variation for customers, is made of 100 per cent cotton fine knitted jersey.

Kate Thornton, British Airways’ head of product and service said: “We are delighted to have been able to offer Gracie May a luxurious solution to her problem. We hope the new sleeper suit helps on her journey to first class health.”

Specially designed to fit, the item provides a protective layer to prevent any further deterioration in Gracie May’s condition.


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