CARE home residents defied their lack of mobility by spending a day out on the ice.

Residents from Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court in Stisted went along to Riverside Ice Rink in Chelmsford to have a go at skating.

Despite many of them being wheelchair-bound, the residents were able to use specialist equipment to get out on to the ice.

Among them was 100-year-old Kay Smith who had never been ice skating before.

Staff and carers joined the residents on the ice and activities co-ordinator Dani Lane said she expects it to be the first of many trips to the ice rink.

She added: “Our residents love trying new things, something we actively encourage as it’s so good for their well-being.

“When I suggested ice-skating, they couldn’t wait.

“We had such a lot of fun and were laughing so much as we skated round.

“One of our wonderful ladies, Kay, kept telling me to ‘go faster’.

“Everyone enjoyed it so much that we plan to go back on a regular basis.”