FAMILIES purchasing their Christmas trees this year can also give a helping hand to an Oxfordshire charity inspired by a five-year-old boy.

Family business Oxford Edens is getting into the festive spirit by donating £3 from every tree they sell to Blue Skye Thinking, a charity set up in memory of Skye Hall who died in 2014.

The gardening and chimney-sweeping company is selling premium Nordmann Firs with the proceeds going to the Abingdon charity’s Aim Skye High Appeal, which aims to raise £50,000 to fund a three-year research position at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

It is the latest of many projects to fund research and treatments into childhood brain tumours.

Ginny Power from Oxford Edens said last Christmas, the company raised £160 from the trees sold.

She added: "It was so popular.

"When we heard about the new Aim Skye High Appeal we knew we had to offer our support again.

"We are hoping everyone will get into the Christmas spirit and help us raise as much money as possible for this wonderful cause."

Blue Skye Thinking was set up by Sally and Andrew Hall in memory of their son, Skye, who died in 2014 from side effects of his treatment for Medulloblastoma - an cancerous brain tumour.

Charity mascot Zoom the raccoon has been out and about to help to sell Christmas trees to families so far.

The festive tress are available to anyone who lives in Oxfordshire and can be delivered to homes by Oxford Edens.

Skye's mum Mrs Hall, 38, said: "We had such good feedback from last year, we are delighted that Oxford Edens are doing the same again.

"Every contribution counts and we are very grateful to Oxford Edens for their support."

The charity's previous campaigns have also seen them build the world's longest loom bracelet band – which could reach the moon – and raised about £200,000.

The previous world record for the longest Loom Band was 1,473.90m but Skye’s band smashed that by 8.5 times over with a whopping 12, 529.40m – verified by the Guinness book of Records as the Longest Loom Band Bracelet.

To order your Christmas tree email ginny@oxfordedens.co.uk or visit https://oxfordedens.co.uk/christmas-trees/ for more information.

To support the appeal please visit campaign.justgiving.com/charity/blueskyethinking/aimskyehigh, or text UPUP52 £3 to 70070