First-class pyjamas help horse get a nip-free nap
A SLEEP deprived horse kept awake by a severe reaction to midge bites has had a special set of 'pyjamas' designed so she can hit the hay and enjoy a proper's night's kip at long last.
British Airways answered a call for aid from keepers of seven-foot-tall horse Gracie May whose life had been made a misery by blistering skin caused by bug bites.
The reaction was so bad that keepers at Gracie's home in HorseWorld, in Whitchurch, appealed for anyone who could make an outfit big enough to cover Gracie's frame.
Bizarrely the answer came from BA, who offered to make a set of clothes to cover Gracie's 17-hands body.
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Gracie suffers from "sweet itch", a medical condition that arises because of an allergic reaction to midge bites, for which there is no known cure.
British Airways, together with supplier Orvec, custom-made a set of luxury pyjamas from the same fabric it uses for sleeper suits given out to the airline's first-class customers.
Richard Wyatt, at HorseWorld, said: "We were surprised but delighted to receive the offer of a first-class sleeper suit from British Airways for Gracie May.
"She's been hugely popular with our visitors since she came to HorseWorld in 2001, but we never expected she'd be flying in first class. She's now the envy of our other rescued horses, ponies and donkeys."
British Airways and Orvec teams spent several weeks creating the right kind of outfit for Gracie May, which, like its onboard version for customers, is made of 100 per cent cotton fine knitted jersey.
Specially designed to fit, the item provides a protective layer to prevent any further deterioration in Gracie May's condition.
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."