A HAMPSHIRE scout group have received an £1000 donation to help to repair vandalism damage.

The donation from an anonymous contributor comes after the Daily Echo reported on the essential algae probes that were ripped from the pontoon at Testwood lakes.

Marcus Sly, the fourth New Forest north scout leader, previously spoke to the Echo about how the scouts would have to postpone future renovation projects at the pontoon house in order to afford to replace the probes.

When asked about the donation Marcus said: "My thanks to the donations is beyond words.

"The money should cover some but not all of the steps needed to repair the probes and install preventative measures like CCTV, anti vandalism paint and clear signage on the pontoon. "

When asked if the scouts were now able to undertake their postponed projects Marcus said: "The donations will help us greatly, freeing up money that will be spent on maintenance of the boating and building. Without these generous donations these projects would have been delayed.

"Personally we see two sides of the public, one of mindless vandalism and then the other of over whelming generosity."

Before this article went to print, Marcus informed the Echo that another anonymous donation of £500 had also been made.

Marcus also said that when all of the steps needed to repair the probes are complete that the algae should return to safe levels.

According to Hampshire and Ilse of Wight Wildlife Trust website, currently the levels are still dangerously high and therefore experts are still advising the public to keep themselves and their dogs out of the lake due to the health concerns it can pose.