Dr Alex George gifts his mum her dream car after a tough year for their family

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He recently reunited with his parents in Wales after months apart while working on the coronavirus frontline. 

And Dr Alex George gifted his emotional mother Jane her dream car – a £21k red convertible Mini Cooper as a surprise present on Wednesday after a tough year which saw the tragic death of Alex’s brother, Llŷr.

The former Love Island star, 30, told his followers on Instagram:  ‘For as long as I can remember, Mum has been saying that one day she would love a drive in a convertible Mini. Well Mum, you now have one of your own.’ 

'I hope you love it Mum': Love Island's Dr Alex George surprised his emotional mother Jane with her dream car - a £21k Mini Cooper on Instagram on Wednesday - after the tragic death of his brother

‘I hope you love it Mum’: Love Island’s Dr Alex George surprised his emotional mother Jane with her dream car – a £21k Mini Cooper on Instagram on Wednesday – after the tragic death of his brother

Alex and a very emotional Jane looked overjoyed as they posed with the bright red convertible in the sunshine. 

The family have had an incredibly difficult year after the death of Alex’s brother Llŷr last July by suicide. 

Alex captioned the snap: ‘SURPRISE. Mum has always put my brothers and I first and made so many sacrifices for us over the years. 

‘For as long as I can remember, Mum has been saying that one day she would love a drive in a convertible Mini.’  

Dream come true: Alex revealed his mum had always wanted to drive in a convertible Mini so he bought her one of her own that she could use every day

Dream come true: Alex revealed his mum had always wanted to drive in a convertible Mini so he bought her one of her own that she could use every day  

He continued:  ‘Well Mum, you now have one of your own, which you can drive every single day! 

‘I hope you love it Mum, Paddington is certainly excited for a spin with the roof down.’ 

And Jane’s puppy Paddington clearly couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel as he snuggled up in her arms while she posed in the new car.    

'Paddington is certainly excited for a spin with the roof down': The family's new puppy snuggled up to Jane as she posed in the new car

‘Paddington is certainly excited for a spin with the roof down’: The family’s new puppy snuggled up to Jane as she posed in the new car 

Alex documented the ‘rather emotional’ moment he surprised his mum on his Youtube channel. 

He told his viewers:  ‘Mum has been incredible to me and it’s fair to say she sacrificed a lot,

‘She’s been a rock to me throughout my life… she told me, “Alex you can achieve anything you want to achieve if you put your mind to it”,

‘My mum has never had a fancy car but she’s always talked about her dream car… today she’s going to get that car and she has absolutely no idea that it’s happening.’ 

'My mum has never had a fancy car': Alex told Jane to keep her eyes closed as he led her on to their family drive for the big reveal

‘My mum has never had a fancy car’: Alex told Jane to keep her eyes closed as he led her on to their family drive for the big reveal 

Alex then brought his mum onto their driveway with her eyes closed and the car covered by a black sheet. 

But the moment Jane opened her eyes she recognised her dream car from the shape of the headlights. 

‘Oh my god… It’s a mini! It’s amazing…No way… Thank you so much…I don’t know what to say,’ she gasped as her voice wobbled. 

And Alex’s mum became visibly emotional at the kind gesture as she rested her head on his shoulder in front of the red convertible. 

'I don't know what to say': Alex's mum became visibly emotional at the kind gesture from her son as she rested her head on his shoulder in front of the red Mini

‘I don’t know what to say’: Alex’s mum became visibly emotional at the kind gesture from her son as she rested her head on his shoulder in front of the red Mini 

Last month, Dr Alex revealed he was taking a break from work after a ‘long and hard year’ in which he tragically lost his younger brother and battled Covid on the NHS frontline.

The TV star took to Instagram and spoke candidly of his decision to take some time for himself.

He posted the casual snap of himself, sporting a cream jumper and black joggers, as he opened up with fans about his decision to take a full week off. 

Candid: Last month Dr Alex revealed he was taking a break from work after a 'long and hard year' in which he tragically lost his younger brother to suicide and battled Covid on the NHS frontline

Candid: Last month Dr Alex revealed he was taking a break from work after a ‘long and hard year’ in which he tragically lost his younger brother to suicide and battled Covid on the NHS frontline

The A&E doctor said that he was ‘aware’ he needed a break after the stress of the year began to ‘take its toll’.  

Dr Alex has also become the government’s Youth Mental Health ambassador in the wake of his younger brother Llŷr’s tragic suicide in July last year at the age of just 19.

He said that it was important to ‘recognise when you are becoming stressed and acting on it’ and decided to take some time off.    

Front line: The TV star spoke candidly of his decision to take some time for himself after a 'long and hard year' during the pandemic

Front line: The TV star spoke candidly of his decision to take some time for himself after a ‘long and hard year’ during the pandemic 

Siblings: He took on the role of Youth Mental Health Ambassador in the wake of his younger brother Llŷr's tragic suicide in July last year at the age of just 19 (pictured together at Alex's graduation when Llŷr was 14)

Siblings: He took on the role of Youth Mental Health Ambassador in the wake of his younger brother Llŷr’s tragic suicide in July last year at the age of just 19 (pictured together at Alex’s graduation when Llŷr was 14)

Honest: In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9million followers, he wrote: 'It's been a bit of an up and down week'

Honest: In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9million followers, he wrote: ‘It’s been a bit of an up and down week’ 

In his lengthy caption, which he shared with his 1.9million followers, he wrote: ‘It’s been a bit of an up and down week. 

‘I always want to be honest with you guys and the last thing I want is for my page to be a highlight of good days, hiding the bad. 

‘It’s been a long and hard year, which ultimately takes it’s toll. I have really felt it this week and I am aware I need a break.

‘I am taking a full week off from Tuesday. Recognizing when you are becoming stressed and acting on it, is so important.’

He added: ‘There are good times on the horizon as well as things I want to a achieve, most importantly in my role but also in my personal life and with my new brand (which I am rather proud of).

‘To be able to do this I need to look after my physical and mental health. Never be ashamed to take a break, when you need it. 

‘I believe it’s a sign of self awareness and ultimately strength. Happy Sunday everyone and remember to be kind to yourself.’ 

Earlier that week, Dr Alex heaped praise onto his NHS colleagues as he marked one year since lockdown began.

He shared a throwback snap with his fellow medical professionals, saying it ‘has been a privilege and an honour’ to work with them during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

'It has been a privilege and an honour to work alongside you all': Dr Alex heaped praise on his NHS colleagues as he marked one year since lockdown began on Instagram last month

‘It has been a privilege and an honour to work alongside you all’: Dr Alex heaped praise on his NHS colleagues as he marked one year since lockdown began on Instagram last month

In particular, Dr Alex thanked his fellow hospital staff for supporting him during the ‘hardest year of [his] life’, and said there will be ‘better days’ ahead of them. 

The healthcare professional has been working on the NHS frontline at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic.   

In the snap, Dr Alex and his colleagues all wore masks and scrubs, they had yet to be given an adequate supply of PPI at the time, and the TV personality admitted they took the photo before knowing the importance of social distancing. 

In March, Dr Alex shared his delight after £79million was approved by the government for youth mental health. 

And although celebrating the good news and saying he was so happy ‘he could cry’, Alex also told fans that ‘the work doesn’t end here, this is just the start’. 

In a candid interview for G2 in The Guardian last month, Dr Alex admitted that throwing himself into work has helped him to cope with his brother’s passing, as he still finds it ‘tough’ when he actually stops to think about it. 

He said: ‘I think of grief as a little black box in my head. That box, it’s always in the house. You’re not focused on it, but it’s always there.’ 

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org. 

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