A group from the Colne Valley is celebrating after turning its business into a family affair.

West Slaithwaite-based Chéz-Play may not have been brought into existence if the Whiteley family had not banded together, just over one year ago.

They came together for mum Cheryl Whiteley Gibbons, who had a dream to combine a job that her own children and those from the community could enjoy.

With the help of her mum, dad, brother Gavin and sister Amy, they helped her get the centre up and running.

A play gym, outdoor area and craft sessions were created and started up, and all the facilities are now open to the public every day.

Cheryl, who quit her former job to fulfil her vision, said: “It was inspired by my own children, nieces and nephews.

“As a previous M62 commuter I found I was spending more time on the road than I was with my girls and vowed to make a change to do something that would give them somewhere we could have fun together while I worked.

“It’s wonderful to have such a good support network behind me.

The interior of Chez-Play, in Holme Mills in West Slaithwaite
 

“My mum and dad helped make this dream happen by guiding and supporting me to help me get it right.

“Mum, my sister, Amy and my husband, Craig, help out and dad helps out with the maintenance and keeping my overexcited imagination at bay.

“My brother, Gavin, built all the play equipment at Chéz-Play as well as the kitchen and outdoor playthings.

“Its great working with family as we all pull together and as our children were the reason for opening Chéz-Play we consult with them too when we have new ideas to get their input.

“The downside to working with them though is that there are so many exciting things being planned it’s hard to switch off when we see each other and not talk about business all the time.”