Alexandra was an accomplished actress but her love for animals led her to establish the ‘Alexandra Bastedo Champions Animal Sanctuary’ over thirty years ago. Her first animal rescue was a donkey and since then ABC has became home to unwanted donkeys, ponies, miniature shetlands, sheep, goats, cats, pigs, poultry and wild birds. She always guaranteed care, protection and a permanent home to any animal that was elderly, needed a dedicated diet or chronic medication.
Alexandra was always passionate about animal welfare, acting as Patron of Compassion in World Farming, Wildlife Aid, The Animal Welfare Trust, Greyhounds in Need and Naturewatch. She was also President of Chichester Cat and Rabbit Rescue, Vice President of the Brent Lodge Bird Hospital and Patron of Paws Animal Rescue (Findon), All Dogs Matter and Cat Rescue (Gibraltar). Alexandra continued to lead the trustees until her recent death in January 2014.