Escape to the Country's Jonnie Irwin issues legacy update amid cancer battle
Popular presenter is suffering from terminal cancer and has had a meeting with a company about what memories he will leave behind for his family
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Escape to the Country presenter Jonnie Irwin has had a meeting about the digital legacy he is planning to leave to his family. The dad-of-three is suffering from terminal cancer and has previously spoken of what people in his position can do to prepare their legacy.
The website Biscuit Tin is described as ‘a digital secure vault for tying up all the threads of life in a single place’. It has featured on the BBC and Dragon's Den and in a post today (April 20) the company said: "Our founder Sheila Hogan has been lucky enough to spend time with @jonnieirwintv this week discussing, amongst other things, what he's going to be popping into his Biscuit Tin."
Jonnie, who is from Bitteswell, near Lutterworth, has presented sections for the BBC Morning Live previously, speaking about leaving a digital legacy for his family. The 49-year-old is suffering from cancer which has spread from his lungs to his brain - but so far has defied doctor's predictions.
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Speaking earlier this year on BBC Morning Live about his digital legacy he said: "I’ve got a lifetime of memories, and over the years, more and more of them have been stored online. And whilst I’ve been getting my affairs in order since my diagnosis two and a half years ago, I’ve not given much thought to my digital legacy.
"Like me, about 90 per cent of people in the UK haven't made any plans for what will happen to their social media when they die." Explaining what help is out there for anyone wishing to leave a lasting memory for their loved one, he highlighted a company called My Wishes, which helps people manage their content by creating a digital will for after they die.
Jonnie added: "If you make a will, make sure it's stored securely and given to a trusted loved one who is tech-savvy." He also pointed out another website people can use to package their digital footprint for when they are no longer around called Biscuit Tin - which he has now had a meeting with.
The online tool stores your important documents, accounts, wishes, memories, and more, all in one place. Jonnie, who also appeared on A Place in the Sun, said: "It's amazing to think I can speak to my wife and children after I pass away.
"My diagnosis has taken a lot from me, but it has given me the ability to prepare. The only way to make sure your digital legacy is as you like it, is to take action now whilst you’re in control.
"And I’m going to take every opportunity I have to do just that for those that I love."