A team of eight employees from Guildford-based FinTech firm, Gold-i successfully completed the challenging Rough Runner 10k obstacle course to raise over £3,000 for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) – a charity which provides services to enable people with disabilities to increase their independence and achieve their goals in life.

Gold Rush, the name of the Gold-i team, consisted of employees from across the organisation including a number of software developers as well as operations, sales and marketing executives. The team set themselves a target of £1,200 and surpassed all expectations by raising £3,110.

The money will be used towards QEF’s new Care and Rehabilitation Centre in Leatherhead which will provide a state-of-the-art hub of expertise for people with a wide range of disabilities. Using assistive technology, for example, residents will have real control over their surroundings such as turning on their TV, opening and closing their blinds, and controlling their heating and lighting without help from carers.

Tom Higgins, CEO, Gold-i said, “Gold-i is a corporate partner of QEF and I am delighted that our Gold Rush team has helped to raise money for the amazing technology at QEF’s new Care and Rehabilitation Centre. We are very grateful to our employees, clients, business contacts, families and friends for supporting this initiative and helping us to exceed our fundraising target. It is very much part of Gold-i’s ethos to support local charities and QEF is so impressive in their quest to help people with disabilities to live life to the full.”

Darren Beardon, Senior Support Engineer at Gold-i and a member of the Gold Rush team added, “The course merged distance running and obstacles, inspired by games shows such as Total Wipeout. It was physically challenging but we were all very proud to have raised so much money for such a deserving cause.”

Earlier this year, Gold-i raised £5,000 for QEF and its partner charity MERU to buy a BUGZI, an indoor powered wheelchair which offers pre-school age children with disabilities the chance to experience mobility, often for the first time in their lives.


Based in Surrey, QEF is a national charity which works with over 5,000 disabled children and adults every year who have physical or learning disabilities or acquired brain injuries. For further information, visit


Gold-i is a multi-award-winning organisation which develops software in-house to help retail FX brokers worldwide to manage their risk more effectively and operate more profitably. The firm’s headquarters are at Surrey Research Park, with additional offices in China and Australia. For more information, visit