Air-IT played host to an unusual visitor on 19th November when we invited Nicholas Bear from Treetops Hospice to try his hand at some ‘work experience’ on our busy IT Service Desk.

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Nicholas Bear helping out on the Air-IT / MBC Service Desk

Nicholas Bear’s visit was part of the Photo-Logo 100 Corporate Challenge, which aims to raise £10,000 for Treetops Hospice.

About the Challenge

Treetops came up with the idea for the Corporate Challenge after taking photos of their helper, Nicholas Bear, in different locations around the hospice.

The resulting images inspired the novel fundraising idea of asking local business to donate £100 in return for a photograph of Nicholas Bear with their staff or in their offices, and featuring the company’s logo or brand.

So far, Nicholas Bear has visited more than 40 companies across the East Midlands and has been snapped in a variety of poses, from mopping a floor and driving a digger to making chocolate and helping fly an aeroplane.

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Nicholas answering client support calls

Each Photo-Logo has been added to the Treetops Hospice website and Facebook account, along with a link to the donating company’s website. You can find the Air-IT Treetops Facebook page here.

Paul Judge, Air-IT’s Marketing Director, comments:

‘We heard about the Photo-Logo 100 Corporate Challenge from our design and branding partner, Threerooms, who had already taken part.

We were very keen to get involved with such a wonderful local cause as Treetops Hospice who help so many families in the area. It was a pleasure to welcome both Nicholas Bear and Angela to Air-IT, the work that they do is fantastic and we were delighted to be one of the 100 companies involved.

We didn’t realise how big Nicholas was and were fortunate to have some very large Air-IT tops so he could help man our busy IT Service Desk.’

Nicholas Bear with Air IT support technicians

Nicholas Bear with support technicians

About Treetops Hospice

Located in the Derbyshire village of Risley, Treetops Hospice provides respite and palliative care for adults in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.

The hospice also provides nursing care for patients in their own homes, as well as help and support to patients’ carers and families, including bereavement support for adults, teenagers and children.

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In 2013, Treetops Hospice cared for almost 1,600 local people though their Day Care Centre, Hospice at Home and Bereavement Service. This year, a new Clinical Support Centre opened which will enable the hospice to help an extra 2,000 families over three years.

All the care and support provided is free of charge, so the hospice must raise £3 million a year to keep offering these vital services. As a registered charity, Treetops is largely self-funding, with most money coming in from charitable donations and fundraising events.

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Nicholas relaxing with a game of pool

Like to Get Involved?

If you’d like to support Treetops Hospice, why not arrange for Nicholas Bear to visit your company for a Photo-Logo?

For more information and to book a visit, please contact Angela Stafford, Corporate Fundraiser at Treetops Hospice, on 0115 949 1264, or email

You can find out more about the hospice and the fantastic end of life care and support they offer to our local community at