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Jonnie Irwin opens up about ‘up and down days’ as he receives palliative care in hospice

The property guru appeared on TV to shed some light on how hospices can help people living with a terminal illness

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Jonnie Irwin spoke with Helen Skelton, Gethin Jones and Dr Ranj Singh about receiving palliative care in a TV appearance from his hospice.

The former A Place In The Sun presenter was hailed as ‘amazing’ by viewers after he gave an interview on BBC Morning Live on Monday (July 24th) about receiving palliative care.

The 49-year-old encouraged people living with terminal cancer to ‘embrace’ palliative care if they are offered it saying he has been using a ‘delightful hospice’ since being given his diagnosis.

He described it as ‘spacious, comfortable and energising’ and told viewers they are not all ‘doom and gloom’, as some people may think.

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Jonnie, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020, has since been told the cancer has spread to his brain and shared how he doesn’t know how long he has left to live.

Speaking on the BBC One programme, the father-of-two admitted he has ‘up days and down days’ living with the terminal illness as he opened up about spending time in a hospice.

“I’ve been using palliative care for three years,” Jonnie explained.

Palliative care is given to people living with a terminal illness and is there to make them as comfortable as possible by managing pain and other distressing symptoms. It helps to improve the quality of life for anyone who may be facing a life threatening condition. 

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Continuing to clear up any misconceptions around palliative care Jonnie went on: “It’s the care you’re given when doctors think you won’t recover.

“I’ve been in palliative care since day one when I got my diagnosis. It can take many guises, from hospital visits and chemotherapy all the way to the hospice.”

On his recent hospice stay, he continued: “It’s a delight actually! I wouldn’t say it’s like [staying in] a hotel but it is like a very nice, private hospital.

“My perceptive [of hospices] was very much a room full of frail people towards the end of their days, but this is nothing of sort – it’s spacious, energised, comfortable… there is even jacuzzi!!”

The property guru said staff at his hospice have been ‘amazing’, adding: “I implore people to check out hospices. If you’ve got the choice to use them  hen use them. It’s not all doom and gloom.”

Fans following Jonnie’s journey took to social media to praise him in helping to raise awareness around cancer and break down any taboos.

One follower wrote: “Jonnie, you’re amazing. Your positive attitude and advice will help so many.”

Another typed: “So admire Jonnie and his honest and open minded approach to his illness. Big ups to all that work in palliative care, my sister in law included.”

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A third penned: “How great to hear such positive words… my daughter is a palliative care consultant and she is amazing as are all hospices.”

And someone else added: “Such a brilliant interview. Thank you so much for shining a light on hospice care.”


Stagecoach hiring over 100 new bus drivers for Bee Network with £31k salaries

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Stagecoach Manchester is hiring over 100 new bus drivers to work from its Oldham depot, following the second phase of the Bee Network launch in March.

You can apply for a range of roles, from positions with no experience required to fully qualified bus drivers.

Successful applicants will receive full training as part of the job, and trainees will get paid to train. Then after only 12 months’ service at Stagecoach, drivers can expect to earn up to £16 per hour, which equates to £31.6K per year, before overtime.

As well as that, drivers that already hold a PCV licence may be eligible to receive a £1,200 joining bonus.


There’s also a host of other benefits available to all Stagecoach employees, like 28 days paid holiday, generous pension and free Stagecoach bus travel for successful applicants and a companion.

Rob Jones, Managing Director at Stagecoach Manchester said: “Expanding our offering in Oldham means we’ll be investing more in the economy and supporting our local community, as well as strengthening our workforce.

“Whether you’re looking for a career change or you’re a fully qualified, experienced bus driver, there’s a role for everyone here in Oldham.

“We’re looking for personable and dedicated drivers who are ready to help us build on the success of the Bee Network and connect the people of Oldham and Greater Manchester with the places and people that are important to them.”


Phil Cornwall, bus driver at Stagecoach Manchester, said: “I’ve been a driver at Stagecoach for 25 years and I couldn’t recommend it more.

“From the perks to the people to the passengers, it really is a great place to work.”

To apply, head to the Stagecoach website HERE.

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Two men charged with murder after torso discovered in Salford nature reserve


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Two men have now been charged with murder, following the discovery of a human torso in Kersal Dale.

As well as that, more suspected human remains were also discovered this morning, Monday April 29th, in an alleyway close to the railway lines off Worsley Road, Eccles.

This follows earlier discoveries of human remains over the past three weeks, at Kersal Dale, Blackleach Reservoir and Colliery Wood, all in Salford.

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Michal Jaroslaw Polchowski (25/04/1956) and Marcin Majerkiewicz (10/04/1982) both of Worsley Road, Eccles, have been charged with murder.

They are set to appear at Tameside Magistrates Court this afternoon.

While formal identification is still ongoing, the remains found at Kersal Dale are believed to be of a local man in his 60s. The remains found at the other three locations are still to be tested, but police are confident they belong to the same victim.

ACC Sarah Jackson said: “We have had large numbers of officers, staff and specialists working diligently on this investigation over the last three weeks. It has been very much a large, collective effort, with the victim and family at the heart of it from the outset.

“We have specially trained officers deployed to support the family as they come to terms with this tragic news. They are aware of this morning’s further discovery and will continue to be kept up to date with how we are progressing.

“Despite the charges brought today, our work is far from over.

“The scenes we already have established in Bury and Salford will remain in place for much of this week whilst our searches and enquiries continue. Local officers will continue to patrol the impacted areas to provide reassurance.

“We will continue following every line of enquiry to recover and reunite the victim with his family, bringing a dignified end to this terrible scenario.

“I’d like to thank the communities of Salford and beyond for their cooperation throughout this investigation. I know this incident has come as a shock, and the support we’ve had from those in the area is very much appreciated.”

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More human remains discovered in Greater Manchester as police identify victim

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Detectives investigating the discovery of a torso in Kersal Dale have found more human remains around Greater Manchester.

GMP released a statement on the weekend, revealing they had opened four scenes for extensive searches – one of them at a warehouse in Bury, and three in Salford.

Searches took place at Blackleach reservoir, where human remains were found, and a dog walker found a package containing human remains at Colliery Wood.

Officers believe they have now identified the man, who they believe to be a man in his 60s that lived in Salford, and his family have been informed.

Two suspects have already been arrested in connection with the murder probe, with officers saying they are thought to have lived with the victim.

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Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes, Senior Investigating Officer for this investigation, said in a statement at Blackleach reservoir yesterday, Sunday April 28th: “We have continued to make significant progress in our investigation into human remains being found in Kersal earlier this month.

“From day one, our priority has been to identify the man and his family so that we can give them the support and the answers that they need.

“Thanks to meticulous forensic work, we are now confident we have identified the man. Formal identification hasn’t yet taken place, but we believe he is a man in his 60s and lived in Salford.

“Specially-trained family liaison officers have met with his family this afternoon to give them the devastating news, and we will do all that we can to support them at this awful time.

“We believe he is known to the two suspects we have in custody. They have remained in custody for questioning over the weekend, as we work to establish how the victim met this tragic outcome.”

He continued: “We have painstakingly worked to follow up every line of inquiry in this investigation. Over the last couple of days, we have acted on information and had four scenes in place for extensive searches – one of them is at a warehouse in Bury, and three of them are in Salford, including here at Blackleach reservoir.

“Today, we have found some human remains at the reservoir here, and last night a dog walker found a package containing human remains at Colliery Wood. Forensic tests will continue to establish whose remains these are, but we are very confident that this is also the victim in our investigation.

“We have also been searching a house in Winton where we believe the victim and the two suspects lived. We have found evidence that the victim is likely to have died there – most likely in late March.

“While this is significant progress, we know there is still some way to go to complete this investigation. I also recognise details of this case will have been distressing for the people of Salford and beyond – including the officers that are diligently working on this investigation, and most importantly the man’s heartbroken family.

“Local officers will continue to patrol the affected areas, and we will provide updates when we have more information.”

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