Emotional Jonnie Irwin takes son, 4, on last ever ride to nursery amid cancer battle

A Place in the Sun's Jonnie Irwin enjoyed taking his eldest son Rex to nursery for the final time on Monday.

Tragically in the midst of a terminal cancer struggle, the 49 year old posted a number of heartwarming pictures onto Instagram from their sun-blessed bike ride together – 4 year old Rex complete with Batman helmet – and wrote: "Last EVER ride to nursery with Rex. Suitably waved off by Rafa and his spade and Rex with his game face on!"

He and wife Jessica Holmes have three young sons in total, including twins Rafa and Cormac, born in 2020.

The TV presenter's fans were loving this insight to their precious time together, as two commented: "You are just an amazing person! Love that show! People can learn so much from you! Nobody knows how our life take us! But you showed something I never saw! Humility, love competition, and much more! Toe are brave man!!!!!" and "Johnnie those boys will learn so much about your strength & tenacity, memories to last them their lifetime. You're truly inspirational and what a Daddy you have shown them to be."

"You are just the best Jonnie. I always liked you the best on Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country. Your goodness always shone through, even more so now. Your kids have the best Dad ever! You are truly loved by so many," added a third individual.

"Jonnie you are truly inspiring", "Lovely photos Jonnie. Your boys will remember these moments forever. Sending love and best wishes" and "Looking good Jonnie!! Here’s to a great summer with the family, May the sun shine!!!" read a further trio of messages.

Meanwhile, back in June, Jonnie told AIG Life's The OneChat podcast that his lack of critical illness insurance meant that he couldn't quit work while in the throes of cancer.

"Without work, I’ve got no means of paying the bills. And if I had taken the critical illness insurance out, that could’ve covered my outgoings and I probably could’ve told the world a lot sooner," he admitted.

"I thought I was doing well just taking out life insurance. It’s one positive thing and helped me a great deal in getting a financial position in life to know my wife and my boys are more secure. But how I wish I’d taken out that extra cover."

Appearing on Morning Live just a couple of weeks ago, the star told hosts Gethin Jones and Helen Skelton that he'd had a "really good experience" with palliative and hospice care since first being diagnosed.

"I've been using [palliative care] for three years. Palliative care is the care that you're given when the doctors think you won't recover, so I've been in palliative care since day one. It's a delight actually, I wouldn't say it's like a hotel but it's like a very very nice private hospital.

"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, but it's nothing of the sort," he promised. "It's spacious, energised, comfortable, I mean it's even got a jacuzzi pool, en-suite rooms and the staff are just amazing."

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