Thank you everyone so far for your overwhelming support and generosity. I have been blown away by the response and I'm sorry I haven't had time to individually respond to all of you.
The reason I posted in the first place was to make sure that the people who did this are found ...and brought to justice and to highlight the major issue in our community with thefts and the lack of action taken against these individuals. The donations and support have been incredible and will seriously help us to get back to work, but currently it's not far off impossible for small businesses like ours to survive when the perpetrators of these crimes are allowed to act with impunity.
I'm trying to push this point to the police and the powers that be because without this pressure no one will be found and once again it will be brushed under the carpet. Unless things change, no matter how hard we try to rebuild (and we will through hard work and the help of others) this will happen again and again, not just to me but most tree surgery businesses and similar small businesses. So please if you can share this, write a letter to your MP, write a letter to the Sussex Police and crime commissioner or who ever you think needs to hear it, I believe it will start to change things. This isn't just about my business it's about our community.
Thanks again for all the support it just shows what everyone can do when they get together.