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Sophos to raise funds for red nose day with space hopper challenge

March 2011 by Sophos

Oxfordshire-based Sophos has got its hands on 60 bright orange space hoppers to race around its global headquarters in Abingdon, to help raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day - the UK fundraising event which aims to eradicate poverty across the world.

Many of the staff participating will be hopping the course at 12.20 tomorrow - Friday 18th of March - in fancy dress, including a team dressed as the "Village People", complete with the famous "YMCA" music to encourage them along.

Sophos CEO Steve Munford and CFO Nick Bray are also taking part in the race and have pledged that if the team manages to raise over £3,000 on the day, Sophos will match the donation.

To ensure that all hoppers are fed and watered, Sophos is hosting a BBQ, with all proceeds going directly to Comic Relief. During this lunch, prizes will be awarded to the race winners, as well as for the best fancy dress and the best "pimped up" hopper.

"This is the third year that Sophos has taken part in Red Nose Day, having raised almost £8,000 in previous years. This year’s goal is to raise an additional £6,000," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "I am actually touching down from a flight from Australia on Friday morning, and will do everything possible to get there in time to kick butt. Our CFO, Nick Bray, and I are known for being very competitive, and to help us along, we will be donating £10 for every hopper that crosses the finish line before us."

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