Fans of Jonnie Irwin have praised him in droves after witnessing him continue to work despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
After being diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020, he disclosed in November last year that the malignancy had moved to his brain.
Despite being warned that he may only have months to live, the 49-year-old is still working, this time with a firm called Mayfair Worktops, to chat with a couple about house repairs they’d done.
In a post shared on Instagram with a clip of his meeting with the couple, Jonnie wrote in the caption: ‘If you’re not happy with the worktop choice offered by the developer you can source one yourself- that’s what this couple did so I went to have a nose!…’
Mayfair Worktops confirmed in a post that Jonnie was ‘back’, before adding ‘not that he ever really went away’.
Sharing more details on their collaboration, the company wrote: ‘In the first part of our much-reported film, Jonnie meets home owners Howard and Jade, who tell us exactly why they decided to replace existing, brand new worktops with our beautiful Grey Starlight Quartz.’
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In the comments section beneath Jonnie’s article, he earned tremendous admiration for the manner he continues to work despite his personal difficulties.
‘Wow what an amazing man, trying your best to give your family everything you can ❤️,’ one person wrote, referencing his wife and three young children.
‘Great to see you working, you are my favourite presenter on Escape to the Country. I am so sorry for everything that you’re going through. You are a fantastic family man and such an inspiration to us all. Love you Jonnie ❤️,’ another said.
Someone else commented: ‘You are absolutely amazing the way you carry yourself with everything you are going through is inspiring,’ while another stated: ‘That’s it Jonnie keep going and doing what you do best don’t ever give up.’
Several others showed their support for Jonnie, with some telling him to take care and others expressing their appreciation for him.
During his appearance on BBC’s Morning Live last month, Jonnie delivered a passionate message about hospices and palliative care in an effort to clarify myths about them.
‘My perception of a hospice was very much a boiling hot room full of people that look frail and towards the end of their days. This is nothing of the sort. It’s spacious, energised, comfortable. It’s even got a jacuzzi bath, en suite rooms,’ he shared.
‘The staff are just amazing. I’ve had a really good experience of my hospice.’
He added: ‘I implore people to check out the hospice – if you’ve got the choice of using it, then use it,’ pointing out that his hospice is predominantly funded privately.