Star of Channel 5’s hit reality drama Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away, Delroy Anglin has been hit with what he described as a ‘death sentence’ when learning that he has terminal blood cancer.
Anglin found national fame after being filmed working for DCBL (Direct Collection Bailiff’s Limited) on Channel 5’s popular TV series, Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away. However, with the fifth series currently airing on the station, he has been missing and fans have been wondering why.
It has now been revealed that the 56-year-old dad-of-six is suffering from an aggressive form of leukaemia, which ravages the blood and bones of its sufferers.
Delroy has been confined to a hospital bed, whilst undergoing punishing chemotherapy. But the searing treatment can only battle the cancer for so long.
The Can’t Pay star desperately needs a bone marrow transplant in order to beat the debilitating disease, however it is hard to find a matching donor because of his minority background, and he has suffered for months since first hearing the news of his illness.
“You feel as if someone has pronounced a death sentence,” said Delroy, from Croydon Old Town.
“Life changed in an instant. When they tell you, you’re just hoping someone has made a mistake, but they haven’t.
“At the end of the day, unless somebody says differently – I’m terminal.”
His condition was first discovered after he requested a check-up because he had been catching more colds than he usually would.
A blood test revealed what was really affecting the former detective constable’s usually robust health.
The story was first reported in the Croydon Advertiser, which explained that:
AML affects the stem cells in bone marrow, causing a huge amount of white blood cells to be produced. Less than half of patients can be cured of the rare disease, which causes a dangerous reduction in the number of red blood cells in the body.
When interviewed on his battle, Delroy -who has been forced to quit his work on the TV show – explained: “I think I was in denial because I felt so fine. Life changed straight away, from diagnosis to entering the hospital was a matter of days.
“Your life just changes instantly. Everything is chaotic and it remains like that for while.”
Delroy, who is also a grandfather, is continuing to battle the disease – which developed with terrifying speed – alongside his family.
His children have rallied to support him, and although his 82-year-old mum worries, her home cooking gives him strength.
“You don’t want to worry your mum,” said Delroy, who is now being treated at the Royal Marsden in Sutton.
“She does worry. She comes from a generation where leukaemia was a death sentence.
— Paul Bohill (@paulbohill1) April 19, 2017
“But you get the home cooking from her and build up your strength – it’s funny how it never changes.
“You don’t know how your kids are going to react. Some react well, some become aware of their own mortality a bit, and hate going to hospitals.
“But my family have reacted so well, and I think that’s because they’ve seen my reaction. They’ve been absolutely amazing.”
The expert bailiff, filmed alongside colleagues for the popular Channel 5 series, is facing the fight with calm determination.
His treatment has been gruelling, but he hopes there may be hope of victory over AML, although only a transplant will guarantee he beats the cancer which claimed his own brother’s life 40 years ago.
He said: “For all intents and purposes I’m a pretty young bloke, you know, this is not supposed to happen. It just seems unreal.
“Chemotherapy is tough. The first time I had it I was in a wheelchair after. I looked in the mirror and didn’t even recognise myself, I was so weak and frail.
“The next time I forced myself to take a few steps, and not let it do that to me again. Now I’m feeling positive about it. But it won’t go away.
— Romell Dawkins (@RomellDawkins) April 24, 2017
“A transplant would be a game changer. It’s the only way to get rid of it.”
Transplanting fresh stem cells from donated bone marrow can treat the cancer.
But because Delroy is of African Caribbean origin his chances of finding a donor are slimmer because of the low number of donors with African Caribbean heritage on the donor register.
And none of Delroy’s five siblings fit the criteria to make the vital donation.
His chances would be improved if more people from his background were on the register to donate bone marrow. Delroy thinks that the support he has received could translate into something positive for other sufferers.
“It’s strange, people don’t usually like bailiffs,” he said.
“But I have had so much support, from everyone including complete strangers.
“I’m Croydon born and bred, I know everyone. And being on telly – I still don’t know how that happened – that gives me an opportunity to raise awareness.
“Hopefully we can encourage more people to become donors, becasuse if I’m honest, even I didn’t know anything about this issue.”
A campaign has now begun to help find the missing match to save Delroy’s life – and more donors for future sufferers.
If you are not on the register and would like to join it, then please check it out here: aclt.org