Residents at John Grooms Court Care Home in Norwich relish skiing at city’s dry slope

John Grooms Court resident Amie Briggs enjoying skiiing in a ski cart with volunteer instructor Hele

John Grooms Court resident Amie Briggs enjoying skiiing in a ski cart with volunteer instructor Helen Billinghurst at the Norwich Ski Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A care home for disabled people has launched a skiing club which is proving a hit with residents.

John Grooms Court Care Home, on Sprowston Road, Norwich, which already runs a boxing club, has expanded its activities for residents to include taking on the slopes at the county's ski centre.

Resident Amie Briggs, 19, who has celebral palsy, said: 'I love the speed and adrenaline.

'It gives me the freedom of being out of my chair.'

John Grooms deputy manager Sue Hampson said she got the idea for the club after seeing another disabled man being assisted down the slopes of a ski resort when she was on holiday.

'I did some research on adapted skiing and then looked into what Norfolk Dry Ski Slope could offer,' she said.

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'They have an army of volunteers who give up their time to help people with disabilities ski.'

The care home has taken residents, in groups of up to four, twice to the ski centre on Whitlingham Lane, Trowse Newton, so far this year.

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It has become a registered member of the ski centre - meaning residents pay just £7 to whizz down the slopes, assisted by ski support staff.

'The residents were really keen to join the club and we have to make sure we run it fairly so that everyone who wants to come can do so,' said Ms Hampson.

'They get to enjoy the speed.

'One of our residents was quite anxious at first, but then she really enjoyed it and it has helped her confidence.'

She said the care home will take residents to the ski centre once a month.

The skiing club follows the care home's boxing club, which is run every other week, and Mrs Hampson has not ruled out starting up other sports clubs for the residents.

'All sports should be available for people with disabilities,' she added.

'Skiing is traditionally an expensive sport, but the Norfolk Dry Ski Slope have made it very accessible.'

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