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Jonnie Irwin pushes himself to go pumpkin picking despite suffering chest infection

The former A Place In The Sun presenter shared that seeing his family enjoy the outing gave him a boost.

Jonnie Irwin at the TRIC Awards in London.
Jonnie Irwin has a chest infection. (Getty Images)

Jonnie Irwin has revealed he is suffering from a chest infection as he pushed himself to go pumpkin picking with his family.

The former A Place In The Sun presenter – who announced in November 2022 he has terminal lung cancer – didn't want to miss out on the outdoor activity and revealed it had given him a boost.

Irwin, 49, shared a photos of the allotment trip on Instagram, saying: "Probs should’ve stayed inside with my chest infection but would've got too much FOMO missing out on visiting uncle @maccaholmes allotment.

"Sometimes I need a push and seeing the lads enjoy picking some apples, and pumpkins was superb.

"Unfortunately feeding @jessofjesmond obsession with Halloween is a downside! #allotment #homegrown #pumpkin #halloween #familytime #toon #greenfingers."

The TV presenter posted pictures of himself with wife Jess, four-and-a-half-year-old son Rex and three-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac, picking pumpkins.

Irwin then pushed the twins him in a wheelbarrow.

Jonnie Irwin's cancer diagnosis

The Escape To The Country star was given six months by doctors to live back in 2020 and kept his cancer diagnosis a secret from TV producers because he feared losing his job.

Jonnie Irwin at the TRIC Awards in June 2023. (Zak/Landmark Media/Alamy)
Jonnie Irwin has had a pop-up oxygen chamber installed in his home. (Alamy)

He recently revealed he has had a pop-up oxygen chamber installed in his home.

Research is still ongoing as to whether oxygen therapy can slow tumour growth and boost the effectiveness of cancer treatment.

The TV presenter is currently undergoing palliative care for his incurable cancer which has spread to his brain.

Irwin has previously said doctors did not expect him to see 2023.

Moving forward, he and his wife have celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary with a date night out together.

They married in 2016 and are currently renovating their dream family home together in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Recently, Irwin revealed his cancer is "on the move".

He has updated fans throughout the summer with photos of himself making the most of time with his family.

Jonnie Irwin on A Place In The Sun
Jonnie Irwin on A Place In The Sun before his illness was revealed. (Channel 4)

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Irwin kept his diagnosis a secret for two years, and when he told producers of the Channel 4 holiday property show he had terminal cancer, he was dropped because he was told they were unable to insure him to work.

He said he felt "thrown on the scrap heap".

Chemotherapy and cancer drugs have helped extend the initial prognosis and the TV presenter is determined to make the most of any time he has left with his family.

Escape To The Country stars Nicki Chapman, Jonnie Irwin, Jules Hudson and Sonali Shah enjoyed the TRIC Awards as a 'family'. (Getty Images)
Escape To The Country stars Nicki Chapman, Jonnie Irwin, Jules Hudson and Sonali Shah enjoyed the TRIC Awards as a 'family'. (Getty Images)

Irwin attended the TRIC Awards in June and said: "I wanted to show that because you have cancer it doesn't mean you are a different person.

“You can still work. Look at me now. I don't think the doctors were expecting me to make 2023 but here I am and I'm available at work."

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