"A CUPPA and a craic whilst the kids run wild doesn't do anyone harm" - is the mantra of Whitehaven's newest business, Tommy-Lee's Soft Play. 

The indoor soft-play zone located on the town's Queen Street opened on July 2 and looks to offer a safe space for children to come let off some steam whilst providing a sociable hub for parents.

Kelly-Anne Kirkbride, who was previously a barber at the Lad Barber in Egremont, said she is thrilled to see the business open.

"Honestly, I had a vision and it's ten times better than the vision I had," she said. 

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Kelly, who aptly named the business after her son, took on the beautifully decorated venture as a way of combining her own desire to run a business with her own daycare needs. 

"I decided after seeing how expensive childcare was and I thought if I had a soft play, I could take him to work with me. 

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"Before I passed my driving test, I couldn't take Tommy to any soft play zones because they are always on the outskirts and aren't on a bus route - so this fixes that for those that can't drive in Whitehaven," she said.

Kelly said she has been quite 'overwhelmed' by the amount of people that have already been in to show support for the business. 

"The next year, I hope I can encourage a lot of young mums, tired mums and dads to come down chill out and watch their kids burn off some energy off.

"And also to become a community place, so that people can come talk to each other.

"I feel like for mental health reasons being stuck in the house 24/7 with a baby, it's not good - so to offer a spot to get out and meet new people and let the kids run wild - I want it to be part of the community in Whitehaven," she said. 

And the premise is already holding community spirit high in its motives as they offer a 'Kindness Wall' - which allows for patrons to donate sessions, cuppas and kids' boxes for parents who may be struggling to pay for the service themselves. 

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