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"We miss him every minute of every day"

"We miss him every minute of every day"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:25am 18th October 2019.

Gone but never forgotten. 

Gary Pammenter and his wife Dawn from Wimbotsham are taking on quite a challenge in memory of their son Jamie. 

He was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at three years old and passed away last year at just 15 years old. 

gary's late son jamie who had muscular dystrophy

Gary told KLFM losing Jamie was very hard 

"There is just a very very big wheelchair shaped hole in our lives.

Jamie was just cheeky, he was funny he loved a good cuddle he loved a good hug.

He just loved life really.

We miss him every minute of every day

You just think to yourself, it can't be a year, where has that year gone?" 


Dawn said: 

"He attended normal main stream school and became a full-time wheelchair user at 11, just as he started High School.   

He played wheel-chair basketball for Norwich Lowriders, until he became unable to propel himself around the court, so he moved over to playing power wheel-chair football for Norwich City. 

They won the division 2 championship twice, the second after the division was re-organised and the team choose to go into division 2 because of new players. 

Jamie scored the winning penalty to take Norwich City back into the National League.

Sadly just before his 15th Birthday, whilst he was being put to bed he suffered a massive heart attack and died just one month later."

gary's late son jamie who had muscular dystrophy


Dawn started running five years ago and finds it incredibly cathartic. She has completed two London marathons and raised over £5,000 in the past. 

Gary isn't usually much of a runner, he told us why he wanted to take part this year:

"Last year my wife did it with two of her friends with photos of Jamie on their backs and I kind of looked at it longingly thinking do you know what I should be doing something.

To just remember Jamie.

That's kind of me doing it in Jamie's memory, just saying 'I miss you boy and I'm doing this for you.'"

gary's late son jamie who had muscular dystrophy

All the money raised from the Newton Cambridge Town and Gown will go to Muscular Dystrophy UK. 

They offer practical and emotional support for people with a muscle-wasting condition and their families at every stage.

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