Options Technology, the leading provider of Capital Markets services, presented a cheque for £6,177.77 to the Mourne Mountain Rescue team.
The cheque was presented on Friday morning at the start of a special Thanksgiving Day hike.
The funds were raised as part of a charity Mournes Seven-Peaks hike, which took place earlier this year to raise money for both the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and The Woodlands Trust.
Options, which first opened in Belfast in 2014, now has a large headquarters in the Linen Loft building on Adelaide Street, alongside premises in the key financial cities worldwide, including London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto and Auckland.
Mourne Mountain Rescue Team Secretary Jeremy Purdy, said: “It’s fantastic to see organisations such as Options Technology coming together and getting out into the mountains and enjoying the beauty of the Mournes while raising vital funds for the team.
“We rely predominately on voluntary donations from the general public and organisations such as Options Technology help ensure we can continue to provide the level of service expected of us – 100% Voluntary, 100% Committed”.
The Options Belfast team decided to take on the Seven-Peaks challenge to raise money for the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and Woodland Trust, particularly to those charities who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep our outdoor environments safe for the community to enjoy.
The Seven Peak hike, widely regarded as the most difficult hiking challenge in Northern Ireland, involved 24 team members and an additional 38 taking on a two-peak challenge on the same day.
Options’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Danny Moore said: “Throughout the pandemic, Options have relied heavily on the outdoors to socialise and have facetime with our teams in a way which was Covid compliant.
“We’re a very active and sociable bunch at Options, so we knew the team would jump at the Mourne challenge to raise funds for two very worthwhile causes, the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and The Woodlands Trust, this was a group decision which everyone got behind.”
The Mourne Mountain Rescue has been an entirely voluntary organisation since its inception in 1962. The funds raised by Options will contribute to the £40,000 required per year to manage the Mourne Mountain Rescue operation, which today consists of 35 volunteer members and four response vehicles.
Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of developments for Options, including the creation of 150 jobs in Belfast following the recent acquisition of ACTV and expansion into Canada with a Toronto Office opening.
Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems.
Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 200 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank grade Cybersecurity wrapper.
Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.