Edge Testing Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, has completed a £5,000 fundraising initiative in support of 10 chosen charities, including Digital Xtra Fund.
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. Edge donated £10 for every 10 miles walked with the proceeds split between the 10 charities. Charity representatives were invited to the company’s 10th anniversary celebrations to receive their cheques from CEO Brian Ferrie.
Digital Xtra Fund was hugely honoured to be one of the 10 chosen alongside other nominated charities: St Andrew’s Hospice (where Susan Chadwick, joint founder of Edge, spent her final days); Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity; Brick by Brick; Little Stars; Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, Birmingham; British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; NSPCC; and MacMillan.
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 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. In addition to the 500 mile walk, Edge employees have also been participating in other fundraising activities in support of the 10 charities, including a raffle at their 10th anniversary event, which the charities were invited to attend.
Kraig Brown, Partnership and Development Manager for Digital Xtra Fund, said: “Thank you very much to everyone at Edge Testing for their contribution, especially the 10 volunteers who participated in the 500 mile walk from Glasgow to London. We were delighted when Fiona told us we were going to be included in this terrific initiative, especially alongside fantastic and long-standing charities like MacMillan and British Heart Foundation.
Edge Testing’s donation is very much appreciated and will help ensure that Digital Xtra Fund, along with the activity providers we support, continues to support young people across Scotland in learning the technology skills needed to succeed regardless of gender, background, or location. And who knows, some of these young people may work for Edge Testing in a few years!”
Brian Ferrie, CEO and Founder of Edge, concluded: “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.