Kind Limerick woman, Alexis, embodies the spirit of motherhood

Kind Limerick woman, Alexis, embodies the spirit of motherhood

Well done, Mum! Tracey Dineen, marketing manager at the Absolute Hotel, presents Alexis O'Sullivan with her prize for Best Mum in Limerick

With Mother's Day just around the corner, the Absolute Hotel has this week announced the winner of its annual Best Mum in Limerick competition.

This year, the hotel has taken a slightly different tack, in that the winner is a woman who doesn’t have any children herself, but has been a mother figure to scores of kids through her volunteering work.

Alexis O’Sullivan’s tireless work on behalf of sick children and their families has ranged from selling pins to publishing a book called ‘The frozen fairy’s magical quest’.

But Alexis, 40, from Ballysimon Road, has gone far beyond fundraising and advocacy; the love and support she has selflessly offered for years truly captures the spirit of motherhood.

Her nominator Davina Long summed it up beautifully when she wrote, “A mum doesn’t have to be blood, she just has to be there for you and love you and be willing to do whatever it takes and Alexis does, no matter what it takes. All the kids adore her and mums too.”

See Davina’s testimony about Alexis, in the panel below, and you’ll no doubt agree she is a deserving winner. If you want to treat your mother go to www.absolutehotel.com for more information.

Nominator Davina Long writes...

MY nominee for best mum is a Limerick lady who has given birth to no children, but has won the heart of many.

Alexis O’Sullivan has become a surrogate mum for many children in Ireland, England and America.

Alexis is a childhood cancer advocate who spreads awareness the world over.

Alexis has fundraised endlessly to help children everywhere get the care they need and deserve.

She visits these children no matter where they live.

Alexis has raised money by selling childhood cancer pins; she has published a book to raise funds and awareness for kids suffering with illness. Alexis sends the children gifts during treatment posting them far and wide.

Now she has taken on a huge task of climbing a mountain in America with other advocates for children with cancer.

A mum doesn’t have to be blood she just has to be there for you and love you and be willing to do whatever it takes and Alexis does, no matter what it takes. All the kids adore her and mums too.

She organises treats for the kids and their families and offers emotional support too for mums who need to vent sometimes.

She is a second mum in the truest sense to all the kids whose lives she touches.