5 October, 2017

Edge Testing Completes 500 Mile Charity Walk for 10th Anniversary

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.

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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.

Nina Coy, British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Fundraising Manager, commented: “We would like to say a huge thank you for supporting us. For over 50 years we’ve pioneered research that has transformed the lives of millions of people living with heart disease. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are leading the fight against heart disease. Without your support none of the advancements that we have made over the last 50 years would be possible, and we know that with your help we can achieve so much more.”

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, which the charities were invited to attend.

Kraig Brown, Partnership and Development Manager at Digital Xtra Fund, Scotland, said: “Thank you very much to everyone at Edge Testing for their contribution. 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 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!”

The walkers from Edge were CEO and Founder Brian Ferrie, Nadia McKay, Sharon Hamilton, Fiona Atherton, Liam Rankine, Gary Robertson, Michael Burt, Jennifer Shannan, Claire Ferguson and Kimberley Crielly.

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.”


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