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Jonnie Irwin shares family's 'special place' for day out

The former A Place In The Sun presenter posted pictures of himself enjoying a rainy day out at a local beauty spot with his wife and sons.

Jonnie Irwin at the TRIC Awards in London.
Jonnie Irwin revealed the 'special place' he spends time with his family. (Getty Images)

Jonnie Irwin has revealed his family's "special place" as he shared they had enjoyed quality time on a rainy weekend.

The former A Place In The Sun presenter – who announced in November 2022 he has terminal lung cancer – posted pictures of himself enjoying a muddy walk at a local beauty spot with his wife and sons.

Jonnie Irwin's special place

Irwin wrote on Instagram: "Apart from the constant peril of fearing one of the lads is gonna jump in or not hit the breaks in time we all got home without incident and probably as wet as if we had all gone in but Jesmond Dean [sic] is a special place to visit in any weather, home now for a lot fire to dry out."

Jesmond Dene is a valley park in Newcastle Upon Tyne, near the TV presenter's home, situated on the river Ouseburn.

The Escape To The Country star, who is due to turn 50 in November, and wife Jess are parents to four-and-a-half-year-old son Rex and three-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac.

It's his latest day out after the star had pushed through his chest infection to enjoy an outing to pick pumpkins with his family.

Jonnie Irwin's cancer battle

Initially Irwin kept his cancer diagnosis a secret for two years.

When he revealed he had terminal cancer to producers of the Channel 4 holiday property show, he was dropped because he was told they were unable to insure him to work.

Jonnie Irwin at the TRIC Awards in June 2023. (Zak/Landmark Media/Alamy)
Jonnie Irwin has tried salt therapy to help fight off a chest infection. (Alamy)

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

Irwin was given six months by doctors to live back in 2020 and continues to update fans with photos and videos of himself making the most of time with his family, along with treatments he is experimenting with to maintain his quality of life.

The TV presenter has revealed he was trying Salt Therapy and has had a pop-up oxygen chamber installed in his home.

Jonnie Irwin on A Place In The Sun before his illness. (Channel 4)
Jonnie Irwin kept his cancer diagnosis a secret at first from his bosses at A Place In The Sun. (Channel 4)

Previously, he has spoken about adopting a special diet in a bid to "starve" his tumours and slow their growth - as advised by cancer survivor Jane Mclelland, author of a book called How To Starve Cancer.

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

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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