"We got everyone at Edge involved by asking them to nominate a charity which was close to their hearts the stories inspired us all and gave us the motivation we needed to complete the 500-mile journey"
Fiona Atherton, Head of Marketing
Edge Testing Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, has completed a £5,000 fundraising initiative with a cheque presentation at the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
10 volunteers across Edge’s offices walked 500 miles from the company’s Glasgow office, via its new Digital Test Hub in Birmingham, to its London premises on a treadmill, in support of 10 chosen charities. Edge donated £10 for every 10 miles walked and the proceeds were split between the 10 charities, with charity representatives invited to attend Edge’s 10th anniversary party to receive the cheques from CEO Brian Ferrie.
Fiona Atherton, Head of Marketing at Edge said: “We got everyone at Edge involved by asking them to nominate a charity which was close to their hearts; the stories inspired us all and gave us the motivation we needed to complete the 500-mile journey.”
The nominated charities that Edge donated to were St Andrew’s Hospice (where Susan Chadwick, joint founder of Edge, spent her final days); Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity; Digital Xtra Fund; Brick by Brick; Little Stars; Acorns Children's Hospice Trust, Birmingham; British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; NSPCC; and MacMillan.
Amanda Smallman, Senior Corporate & Community Fundraising Manager at Midlands-based Acorns Children’s Hospice, told Edge’s fundraising team: “Because of your support, grandparents can access bereavement counselling after the loss of a grandchild and after having watched their own child go through the worst of times. Siblings can let off steam in a safe environment, secure in the knowledge that the people they are with understand exactly what it’s like living with a very poorly brother or sister. And our children can play in a multi sensory room or enjoy arts and crafts. And at the end of their life, we will care for them and we will support their families for as long as they need us. Thank you.”
In addition to the 500 mile run, Edge employees have also been participating in other fundraising activities in support of the 10 charities, including a raffle at their 10th anniversary event, where the charities were invited to attend.
The walkers from Edge were CEO and Founder Brian Ferrie, Nadia McKay, Sharon Hamilton, Fiona Atherton, Liam Rankine, Gary Robertson, Michael Burt, Jennifer McManus, Claire Ferguson and Kimberley Crielly.
Brian Ferrie, CEO and Founder of Edge said: “We wanted to mark our 10th anniversary as a growing testing company by adding another dimension to our fundraising efforts, while also celebrating our expansion into England; that’s why walking 500 miles seemed so appropriate.”
Edge is a leading expert in providing world-class software testing solutions. The award winning company is typically engaged when organisations are implementing a new system or making significant changes to an existing system, to ensure systems are fast, secure, available and work as expected in an increasingly complex and distributed digital age.
The company is listed on the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, and has quickly built up an excellent reputation with an enviable client list across financial services, telecommunications and media, utilities, retail and the public sector.