Norwich City Powerchair FC player diagnosed with rare muscle wasting disease dies aged 15
PUBLISHED: 12:59 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:01 17 October 2018
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A Norwich City Powerchair FC player who suffered from a rare muscle wasting disease has died aged 15.
Jamie Pammenter was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a degenerative condition of which there is no known cure, when he was three years old.
The Iceni Academy Methwold student, from Wimbotsham near Downham Market, started playing for the Norwich City Powerchair Football Club after becoming a full time wheelchair user at the age of 11, when he lost the ability to stand and walk.
In a heartfelt statement on Twitter, the football club announced Jamie had died on Saturday, October 13.
They said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and teammate Jamie Pammenter sadly passed away on Saturday. “Our love, sympathy and thoughts go out to Gary, Dawn and Luke.
“He was a well-liked and valued member of the team, and was very much part of our long term plans. “Jamie, we thank you for your contribution to the club. We will all really miss you.”
Iceni Academy principal Stephen Plume said Jamie was a valued member of the school community, adding: “We have a series of events planned to remember Jamie and to help create a lasting legacy.
“He will be remembered as someone who was bright and cheerful with a bubbly personality, he always had something to say to everyone.
“He was an engaging, happy young man and he will be sorely missed by students and staff.”
Mr Plume and the staff at Iceni Academy gave their condolences to Jamie’s parents Gary and Dawn Pammenter and to his younger brother Luke.
Former RAF Corporal Gary Pammenter gave up his career to become Jamie’s full-time carer. He had been working at RAF Marham as a ground engineer and mechanic for 11 years.
In 2015, the RAF Benevolent Fund bought a bungalow for Jamie and his family to live in and updated the garden to make it more accessible.
The charity also donated £15,000 towards the cost of a new electric wheelchair for Jamie, who was then 13 years old.
Al Bennett, head of housing at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “All of us here at the RAF Benevolent Fund are saddened to hear of Jamie’s passing and our thoughts and condolences go to his family, especially his parents Dawn and Gary, and his younger brother Luke.
“We stand ready to support the family as they come to terms with Jamie’s loss in the coming months.”
The powerchair enabled Jamie to join Norwich City PFC which became a big part of his life, Mr Pammenter said.
The family have asked for those wishing to donate money in memory of Jamie should do so to Norwich City PFC.