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14th July 2023

Be At One takes on ‘Bar-A-Thon’ for Motor Neurone Disease Association

A squad of team members from late-night bar brand Be At One took to the streets of London on Wednesday (12th July 2023) to come together as a team and raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). In typical Be At One style, the group took on the challenge as a bar-hopping ‘bar-a-thon’, paying visits to as many Be At One hotspots as possible on the successful 26 mile walk!

This incredible fundraising initiative is part of Stonegate Group’s charity partnership with MNDA and MNDA Scotland, for which they have recently reached a whopping fundraising milestone of £350,000. To help hike that number up to a new level, the band of operational and HQ superstars took London by storm, starting at Be At One Hammersmith and trekking a circular route around the capital city, reaching the finish line a whole 55,000 steps later at their starting point.

The team who took part in the ‘Bar-A-Thon’ wanted to raise money by doing something that is a real challenge, around their well-loved sites in London, and pulling on some of the team’s interests of walking and hiking; not only to raise funds for the incredible charity but to connect and have fun as a collaborative team. They have currently raised £1,800, with funds still coming in.

Sarah Miller, Stonegate Group Business Unit Director, said: “We were all so excited for the team to begin their walk and raise funds for such a brilliant cause. Everyone who took part knew how much of a big challenge this was and all of us at Stonegate supported and encouraged them all the way. MNDA carries out amazing work for those who are affected by the disease, and all of us at Be At One are privileged to stand alongside them in support of their incredible efforts.”

Motor Neurone Disease is a disease that attacks the nerves, leaving those affected unable to walk, talk, eat and ultimately to breathe. One-third of people with MND lose their life within a year and over half within two years of diagnosis.

The MND Association are dedicated to improving access to care and providing essential resources and assistance for individuals living with or impacted by MND in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They also actively lobby government and work with technology giants to revolutionise life for people with MND.

If you would like to support the Be At One team with their fundraising initiative, please visit the link:


  1. Be At One Hammersmith
  2. Be At One Richmond
  3. Be At One Putney
  4. Be At One Battersea
  5. Be At One Clapham
  6. Be At One Liverpool Street
  7. Be At One Spitalfields
  8. Be At One Farringdon
  9. Be At One Covent Garden
  10. Be At One Russell Street
  11. Be At One Greek Street
  12. Be At One Picadilly
  13. Be At One Reagent Street
  14. Be At One Oxford Street
  15. Be At One Hammersmith



About Stonegate Group

Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of over 4,500 sites, split across managed, operator led and leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs over 16,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs, bars and venues. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Popworld, Be At One and the Venues division. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Pub & Dining and Social Pub & Kitchen.

The leased and tenanted estate, Stonegate Pub Partners, is made up of over 3,000 diverse sites whilst operator led Craft Union is currently made up of over 500 community pubs.



  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport, Community Hero
  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year (Jemelle Bish), Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards – The Hero Award (Suzanne Baker)


  • Great British Pub Awards – Feeding the Community, Community Mindfulness & Ei Publican Partnerships Pub of the Year
  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, Lee Woolley (2019); Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne (2016)
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award   Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom (2019)
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award (2019);  Best Service & Team (2018)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub (2019); Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub (2018); Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub (2017); Best Sports Pub (2016);
  • BII Scotland Awards   Best Operator for Training (2019)
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Payne MBE;  Investor of the Year   TDR Capital (2019); Investor of the Year: TDR Capital (2017)
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu, Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu, Town & City Pub: Walkabout (2019);  Premium High Street Pub: Town Pub & Kitchen (2017); Best New Concept:  Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill (2014); City and Bar Dining: Slug and Lettuce (2013)
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year   Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom (2019); Best Late Night Operator (2018); Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended   Best Employer 501+ employees (2017);  Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne (2014); Best Pub Employer 51+ sites (2013)
  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)   Chairman’s Award (2018)
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award (2018)
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award (2018)
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer  (2016)
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy (2016)
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media (2016); People Development (2015); Innovative Use of Technology (2014)

Contact: Georgia Mackey,

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