‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away’ Star Reveals ‘Death Sentence’ Diagnosis

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The star of Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! has revealed he desperately needs a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.  

TV bailiff Delroy Anglin has an aggressive form of leukaemia which he’s called a ‘death sentence’ unless a donor an be found.

The 56-year-old father of five is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden in Sutton to battle the worst symptoms of the disease but the treatment will only be effective for so long.

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Delroy has spoken about the toll that chemo has taken on his body, saying: 

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. A transplant would be a game changer. It’s the only way to get rid of it.

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Unfortunately The Croydon Advertiser have reported that finding a donor will be difficult due to Delroy’s minority background as there aren’t many donors with African Caribbean heritage on the donor register.

Delroy’s life has changed  significantly since the diagnosis and he’s been forced to quit his on-screen work for Channels 5’s Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! 

He said: 

You feel as if someone has pronounced a death sentence. 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.

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Mr Anglin is suffering from a specific type of leukaemia called Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) which affects the stem cells in bone marrow and causes a huge amount of white blood cells to be produced, reducing the number of red cells in the body.

Only half of patients can be cured of the rare disease but despite the debilitating effects Delroy remains hopeful he can beat it and his family have rallied around him to support him during this difficult time.

In order to help save Delroy’s life the campaign #Match4Delroy has been launched by blood cancer charity the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) to encourage people to join the donor register.


Tom Percival

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.