It’s not often you see your bank manager collecting glasses in your local on a Saturday afternoon but that’s exacting what’s planned at Owain Glyndwr pub on St John Street in Cardiff starting from today.

Barclays Bank staff have offered to lend a hand during busy periods when the RBS Six Nations rugby matches are showing, in return for the pub fundraising in aid of two charities close to the team at the bank, The Christie Cancer Hospital and Elise for life. When former bank colleague Elise Roberts was lost her battle with cancer in 2010, colleagues vowed to honour her by continuing her aim to raise £1m for The Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester.

“We’re expecting the pub to be busy during the Six Nations matches over the next few weeks as we have some of the best sports viewing facilities of any pub in Cardiff, so were more than happy when Barclays team asked if we would fundraise for the Christie Hospital and Elise for Life on those days,” said Mark Falzon, Owain Glyndwr’s General manager. “Having a few extra pairs of hands will certainly be welcome too, especially as today is the Wales versus Ireland match at the Millennium Stadium.”