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Son describes joy as reuniting with his Australian mother after Covid kept them apart [Video]

This is the moment a son was tearfully reunited with his mother after she moved to Australia and Covid’s travel restrictions kept them apart for two years.

Ciaran Joyce, 34, who lives in London, had not seen her mother Hayley Gibbs, 56, after she left the UK in 2019 to live in Down Under, but strict border control meant she couldn’t return to Britain.

In the images, which were taken by his girlfriend Lucy Dryzek, 30, on November 14, Ciaran is filmed waiting in a pub without knowing anything about his surprise visit.

Ciaran Joyce, 34, (pictured left) who lives in London, had not seen her mother Hayley Gibbs, 56, (right) after she left the UK in 2019 to live in Australia .

Ciaran, from Cardiff, Wales, (left) pictured with his mother (right) sharing a loving hug.

Ciaran, from Cardiff, Wales, (left) pictured with his mother (right) sharing a loving hug.

Ciaran, from Cardiff, Wales, (left) pictured with his mother (right) sharing a loving hug.

In the images, taken by his girlfriend Lucy Dryzek, 30, on November 14, Ciaran is filmed waiting in a pub without knowing anything about his mother's impending surprise visit.

In the images, taken by his girlfriend Lucy Dryzek, 30, on November 14, Ciaran is filmed waiting in a pub without knowing anything about his mother's impending surprise visit.

In the images, taken by his girlfriend Lucy Dryzek, 30, on November 14, Ciaran is filmed waiting in a pub without knowing anything about his mother’s impending surprise visit.

Lucy had brought him there on the pretext of having a meal with her and her mother, but Hayley had landed in London that morning and was about to make an entrance.

Ciaran, who sported a distinctive mustache that he had grown out for Movember, can be seen looking towards the door before seeing his mother instantly as a look of disbelief spread across his face.

She then runs into her mother’s arms and they both share a loving hug and enjoy a big hug during the emotional reunion.

When Ciaran ran to his mother, she said: ‘Surprise son. I’ve missed you, my handsome boy.

Ciaran, Movember actor and activist from Cardiff, Wales, said: ‘My girlfriend Lucy took me to the pub, hoping to meet her mother.

“My mother had landed in London that morning without my knowledge and she and Lucy had arranged the surprise that week.”

‘My mind went blank. I felt like my mother and I were the only two people on earth at that time. ”

“The pandemic has left so many people stranded with their loved ones for so long. The fact that so many have comforted, enjoyed and shared their stories in the comment section shows how much people can be missed. It was a bit humiliating to be honest. ‘

Ciaran (above) appears waiting patiently before seeing his mother walking through the pub door.

Ciaran (above) appears waiting patiently before seeing his mother walking through the pub door.

Ciaran (above) appears waiting patiently before seeing his mother walking through the pub door.

She then runs into her mother's arms and they both share a loving hug and enjoy a big hug during the emotional reunion.

She then runs into her mother's arms and they both share a loving hug and enjoy a big hug during the emotional reunion.

She then runs into her mother’s arms and they both share a loving hug and enjoy a big hug during the emotional reunion.

Posting the emotional moment on social media, Ciaran spoke about her grandmother’s death in April and said her mother was unable to say goodbye due to strict Australian border control.

Writing on Instagram, Ciaran said: ‘In 2019, my mom moved to Australia. Due to the pandemic, he had not seen her since. We also lost my Nan (his Mam) in April. He was unable to return home to say goodbye due to strict Australian border control.

Last night, thanks to her and my (girlfriend) Lucy, a wonderful surprise happened. I got to hug my mom for the first time in 2 years. I love you mama. I’ve missed you so much.

Commenting on the post, Great British Bake Off host Matt Lucas wrote: “I just had a lot of tears.”

Another user said: ‘Oh, I’m crying! I send you so much love my friend. ‘

One more wrote: ‘I definitely haven’t seen it 5 times. I’m not crying. Absolutely.’

Speaking about his mustache, which is growing in support of Movember, Ciaran said he wanted to raise awareness after he lost a friend to suicide and has struggled with his own mental health.

Ciaran added: ‘Sadly I lost a dear friend to suicide and have had battles with mental health myself. I know how difficult and scary it can be to open up to others.

“I want to raise awareness and generate money for organizations like Movember to prevent or help others go through the same thing and help them navigate the roughest waters of life.”

Those who wish to follow and support Ciaran’s Movember campaign can do here.

For help or to make a donation, call Samaritans toll-free at 116123 or visit samaritans.org

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