Residents from L’Hermitage care home enjoyed several sessions out on the ice rink in their wheelchairs thanks to Ice Skate Jersey at Fort Regent.
The pop-up ice rink welcomed hundreds of islanders over the Christmas and New Year period and found time to invite residents from the care home for four sessions of wheelchair ice skating which was enjoyed by all.
“We hugely appreciated the ease of access to the ice and the help we were given from the staff at the rink,” said Jackie Haughton from L’Hermitage.
“The team at the rink took our residents out on the ice, pushing them in their wheelchairs, talking to them and giving us hot chocolate when we had to wait.
“You could tell by looking at people’s faces how much fun they were having,” added Jackie, who works as a gardener and driver at L’Hermitage and enjoys accompanying residents on their regular trips out.
Relatives of some of residents also joined them at the rink making it a really special time for the families who are still talking about the event back at the home in St Peter, Jersey.
Home manager Colette Bonner said; “We wanted to say a huge thankyou to the staff at the ice rink as they welcomed us to do wheelchair ice skating several times and could not have been more helpful.
“The sessions were a really wonderful experience for our residents – and something some of them would never have thought they would be able to do.
“We went along and presented a big box of biscuits as a thank you as it was all free of charge and a wonderful gesture from the ice rink to reach out to the island community.”