A Place In The Suns Jonnie Irwin shares peek into family holiday amid terminal cancer

Jonnie Irwin has been enjoying a family getaway to the Lake District with his wife Jessica and their three young children.

A Place In The Sun presenter Jonnie, 49, headed to picturesque Windermere with wife Jessica and their kids, Rex, three, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac, and has been documenting the holiday on Instagram with his followers.

The dad-of-three, who revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis in 2022 after first being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020, shared a string of sweet family photographs, including a loved-up selfie of him and Jessica as they enjoyed a walk in the woods.

"Today out in the fresh air was what we all needed," Jonnie captioned his Instagram post. "How I’d love to be up on those fells but staying low around the waterfalls with the family was wonderful in a different way. #thelakes."

His followers were quick to comment on the fun photos, with one writing: "This looks heavenly," with a red heart emoji.

"Making beautiful memories you are an inspiration Stay strong Jonnie you are in everybody's thoughts," a second said, while a third added: "Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. You are all in our hearts and thoughts. Stay strong Jonnie. Love from all our family".

In a second post, Jonnie shared a selfie alongside a lake hidden among thick grey fog and jokingly wrote: "Good job I didn’t come for the scenery. It is pretty serene all the same. #thelakes".

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Jonnie shared his devastating terminal cancer diagnosis last year and recently shared his regrets over not taking out critical illness life insurance.

"It's funny when you get diagnosed with something so serious, all control gets taken away from you and so I wanted to take control back,” he said to Gethin Jones and Kimberley Walsh on Morning Live last month.

Going on to explain how he wanted to protect his family for when he’s no longer here, Jonnie said: “I knew I had to look after my family, it's an amazing thing, once you have a family you have this massive responsibility."

He continued: "Being freelance, I had a couple of properties, I wanted to try and be in a position to get my family into a mortgage-free situation so I sold my buy-to-lets.

“To some extent, I'd done all that I could. But I wish I'd done more, certainly in terms of life insurance.

"What I didn't realise is that there's a gap and critical illness covers this gap. So when you get a terminal diagnosis, it covers you for when you're gone.

"But a terminal diagnosis can go on for years and it will affect…your illness affects your work, so if you're unable to work and you're waiting for this payout, who is going to pay the rent?

Jonnie finished by saying: "So critical illness is a policy you take alongside that and that kicks in as soon as you're ill.

"I didn't take that and that put a lot of pressure on me, having to work on days when I didn't want to go to work, and that's one mistake I say to everyone – get it out."


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