On Sunday (18Dec16), Greg's fiancee Stacey Heale launched a heartfelt appeal on the GoFundMe crowdfunding site, writing that her 39-year-old partner had stage four bowel cancer and that the disease had also spread to his lungs.

Due to his genetic incompatibility, the singer and guitarist could not receive drug treatment from Britain's National Health Service (NHS) and he was not approved for surgery, meaning that to have a hope of surviving the couple would have to pay for expensive private treatment.

Fans of the band, who had a string of U.K. chart hits from 2003 to 2006, have donated to the campaign and promoted it on social media, and as of Friday (23Dec16), the money raised had surpassed the initial $122,000 (£100,000) target.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Stacey said, "I put the page up as a last ditch response to a terrible situation. I didn't know what else to do and I've never done anything like this before. I thought I'd give it a go and our minds are blown by the generosity of people, and in such a small amount of time. It's overwhelming."

In her original post, she described how Greg's cancer was discovered when he was receiving treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Stacey also spoke of her devastation at the thought of the couple's two young daughters losing their father.

However, the musician will now be able to undergo treatments which are not funded by the NHS due to their costliness, giving him hope of survival.

Aaron Gilbert, Greg's brother and a member of Delays, has also showed his gratitude to those who'd donated.

"Overwhelmed, overawed and completely in awe at humanity today," he wrote on Twitter. "Wow you guys, just wow."