Alexa reaches for the skies

Alexa Nisbet with the Lancaster bomber.
Alexa Nisbet with the Lancaster bomber.

A dream came true for Alexa Nisbet, as a thank-you for her tireless charity work.

Supporters of her charity, Alexa’s Animals , secretly raised money to pay for a treat to mark the 25th anniversary of her rescuing dogs.

Alexa Nisbet in the cockpit of the Lancaster bomber.

Alexa Nisbet in the cockpit of the Lancaster bomber.

The treat was to taxi in a Lancaster bomber, as she has always been fascinated by wartime aircraft.

Alexa said: “It was an experience out of this world. A metal shell, cramped beyond belief, icy cold and those brave men taking off every night facing death – often 11-hour shifts, done to keep us safe. If they had not, there would be no rescue centres. I shall never forget hurtling along the runway sitting in the gunner’s seat, hearing the roar of its four Merlin engines. Thank you so much.”

Alexa’s Animals has helped to re-home more than 1,600 dogs and puppies.

In 2001, Alexa’s invaluable work was recognised when she was awarded an MBE.

She is now helped by a small band of volunteers.

The rescue centre is based a few miles north of Alnwick.