Steam Punk Vape lounge present the band with £250.

Medina Marching Band has thanked generous Islanders after it received hundreds of pounds worth of donations, following an appeal yesterday (Tuesday).

As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the band believe equipment was stolen during a performance at St Helens Carnival.

It says parade sticks, valued at around £300, were taken from outside their van.

Kevin Downer, Vice Chairman of the band, told Isle of Wight Radio that he had hoped for the equipment’s safe return.

However, two Isle of Wight businesses have now stepped forward to help.

Kevin said:

“I am pleased to report that since the excellent news coverage of our stolen drum sticks from St Helens Carnival on Monday evening, two local companies have come forward and made donation to pay for the new sticks and a new carry case to store them in.”

“The first donations came from Ken Beken of Beken of Cowes for £100 and the second was from Rob Remus of Steam Punk Vape Lounge Newport for £250.

“We are so great full for the kind support we have had from across the Island other local bands and news coverage. It proves although something like this has happened there really is still some good in the world, and we can carry on our fundraising efforts to get to London for the Lord Mayors Show in November.”

The band are due to perform at Sandown’s Illuminated Carnival tonight (Wednesday).