A London-born man who made aliyah before being told he was dying of cancer has thanked Jewish News readers for helping his family raise much-needed funds.

Dave Kay, 32, a tour guide and father of two-year-old Noa, was told last year that his lung cancer was incurable, which the family described as “devastating”.

He has never smoked and leads a healthy lifestyle.

Appealing for help through Jewish News last week, the family were stunned to see that more than $100,000 (£77,000) was pledged within days to help them, and this week thanked all those who had contributed.

“In less than a week, we have managed to reach our goal and you have given us a chance to #SaveDave.”

The family had asked for help with costs not covered by their health insurance, such as advanced tests in the US, second medical opinions and conferences.

A former member of Woodside Park shul whose mother sings in the Zemel choir, Kay grew up in London and was a member of youth movement HaNoar HaTzioni.  He chaired the Jewish Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, before making aliyah in 2008, where he now lives on Kibbutz Ginosar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.