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28th July 2021

Stonegate Group announces fundraising support to the British Heart Foundation

Stonegate Group has announced a six-month fundraising initiative across its Managed Estate in support of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

To mark the BHF’s 60th Birthday, over 800 managed pub teams at Stonegate will spend the next six months taking part in various fundraising activities in order to help raise life-saving funds for the UK’s leading heart charity.

Pub managers have been tasked with coming up with imaginative and creative ways of raising money for the charity as well as encouraging their customers to get involved. Already pubs have begun fundraising with Adrian Diggory, General Manager of The Anglers, Walton-on-Thames, Luke Jones, Area Manager of Stonegate Group, and Matt Samler, General Manager of the Crown, Egham completing a 75km paddle board down the River Thames raising over £5,000.

When the BHF was founded in 1961, 7 out of 10 heart attacks were fatal. Now, at least 7 out of 10 people survive. Money raised will go towards helping the BHF continue to fund medical breakthroughs which help the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.

Helen Charlesworth, Managing Director of Stonegate Group, said: “Our pubs play such a vital role in their communities in which they operate, by bringing people together and helping to raise thousands of pounds for local people, local charities and national charities. Many of our teams and their customers have had to call on the British Heart Foundation so it’s a charity that they are committed to raising money for.

“It has been a challenging year for everyone and I would like to thank all our customers for their continued support. We are looking forward to a summer, autumn and winter full of events for our customers to enjoy and for us to all rally around.”

Paul Davies, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF said: “We are so grateful to Stonegate for their support around our 60th Birthday.

“Over the last 60 years, we have funded ground-breaking discoveries including the first UK heart transplant, pacemakers and genetic testing for inherited heart conditions. The funds raised by our corporate partners such as Stonegate pubs, will help us continue to find cures and treatments for the 7.6 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases.

“We’re excited to see what fantastic fundraising initiatives the teams at Stonegate come up with to help support us during this crucial time.”



About British Heart Foundation

July marks the BHF’s 60th birthday. As the UK emerges from the pandemic, the charity is calling for the public’s help to continue funding life-saving heart and circulatory research by joining Team 60 and taking on a challenge of their choice. With donations from the public, the BHF funds ground-breaking research that will get us closer than ever to a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases. A world where broken hearts are mended, where millions more people survive a heart attack, where the number of people dying from or disabled by a stroke is slashed in half. A world where people affected by heart and circulatory diseases get the support they need. And a world of cures and treatments we can’t even imagine today. We are backing the best ideas, the brightest minds and the biggest ambitions – because that’s how we’ll beat heartbreak forever. Find out more at 

About Stonegate Group

Following the acquisition of Ei Group on 3rd March 2020 for £1.27bn, Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of 1,270 sites within the managed division and 3,200 leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs 13,500 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout, Be At One and Venues. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns, Common Room and Craft Union.

Press release from Stonegate Group