A snuggly idea is helping to raise money and awareness for cancer charities.
All Stitched Up Designs, producers of equestrian-themed onesies, has come up with a design to raise money for a teenage cancer patient’s fund.
Young eventer Hannah Francis was diagnosed with bone cancer in May this year and has been undergoing chemotherapy.
The 17-year-old has been writing a blog from the point of view of her teddy – Willberry – as she goes through her treatment.
Hannah was given one of the company’s onesies as a gift to wear when she came out of hospital following a chemo cycle.
“A day or two later, I had a message from her that said ‘what about a Willberry one?’” said Nicky Stevens, of All Stitched Up Designs.
Hannah then sent her close-ups of the teddy to try and get the features of the one-piece as close to Willberry as possible.
“She just fell in love with it,” said Nicky.
“Then – of course – we did a dog.”
The garments for adults, children and dogs have a horse-face hood, ears, mane and tail and are printed with “Willberry Wonder Pony” on the body.
The company also now has a Willberry hoody, which was launched this week.
“We want to get as many people as possible riding out in the hoodies,” she told H&H.
“The reaction so far has been brilliant.”
All the profits – which averages out at around £10 from the onesies and £7.50 for the dog wear – go to the Willberry fund.
Hannah then chooses which charities the money goes to.
These include the Little Princess Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
“I just want her to feel loved by everybody,” Nicky said.
“The equestrian world is really getting behind them.”
She added she would like to raise £1,000 for the Willberry fund.