Jonnie Irwin spends quality time with his young family on holiday amid cancer battle

Jonnie Irwin is enjoying some well-needed quality time with his family amid his ongoing cancer battle.

The TV presenter, 48, announced the news of his diagnosis late last year. He was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020, but only went public with the information two years later.

Following what Jonnie heartbreakingly labelled as his last Christmas, the dad-of-three is spending time with his wife Jessica and their kids on a staycation to Stainton, South Lakeland.

In one photo, the doting dad shared a snap of his three children, Rex, three, and two year old twins Cormac and Raffa, looking snug under a blanket together next to the family’s adorable dog.

“Looks like we’ve found ourselves a new babysitter…” Jonnie wrote as the caption.


In another photo, Jonnie shared a selfie alongside a lake with a very foggy background. Joking that it was a “good job [he] didn’t come for the scenery”, the A Place In The Sun star still branded the scene as “serene”.

Most recent snaps shared by Jonnie show him, his wife Jessica and their kids enjoying a forest walk in Windermere with friends.

The family wrapped up to brace the cold northern climates with Jonnie wearing a yellow Carhartt beanie paired with a bright orange hooded parka. Meanwhile Jessica looked toasty in a black puffer jacket, as the kids all had adorable walking gear on too.

“Today out in the fresh air was what we all needed,” Jonnie wrote of their outing.

“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.”

Jonnie’s friends and celeb pals have since gushed over the heartwarming pictures.


As Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh replied with a heart emoji, someone else said: “Such a lovely thing to do and an amazing place to spend time with your family. Your an inspiration to us all J. Keep doing these little things to create such personal memories. You have been given strength.”

“Lovely photos. Enjoy the day! Thanks Jonnie for sharing. All the best,” said someone else, as a fourth penned: “Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. You are all in our hearts and thoughts. Stay strong Jonnie. Love from all our family.”

Jonnie’s trip comes after the star shared his regrets over not taking out critical illness life insurance after his devastating cancer diagnosis.

"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.

"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."

He continued: "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?

"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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