Cambridgeshire mum runs Town and Gown in son’s memory

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Kate Cleaver

Dawn Pammenter, 47, has signed up for her fifth 10k Newton Cambridge Town and Gown run – in memory of her son Jamie who died in in 2018.

A long time resident of Wimbotsham, Kings Lynn, she has worked at the University for about 20 years, now in the Admin/HR Office at the University Information Services (UIS). She said:

“It’s a great route through the centre of Cambridge. Muscular Dystrophy is very close to my heart as my late son (Jamie) had Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”

Jamie was born on 17th September 2003 and was diagnosed with DMD at three years old.

“He was a happy, bubbly cheeky young man, always smiling and loved a good laugh, he also loved a good hug and cuddle. 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 reorganised and the team chose to go into division 2 because of new players. Jamie scored the winning penalty to take Norwich City back into the National League.


“Aside from football Jamie loved playing with his brother Luke (12) and friends on his PlayStation. He loved cooking both at home and school and thoroughly enjoyed school.  One of his favourite lessons was WW1 History – he even went on a school battlefield tours of the WW1 battlefields. 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.”

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

Jamie had many days and trips out, including a week in Florida with Make a Wish riding the large rollercoaster that the parks had. He also had a day out riding in a Ferrari around Silverstone and a few days away with Muscle Warriors on a Porsche experience which finished with a few flat laps in a Porsche around the full Silverstone GP circuit with a Porsche test drive.

Watch a video of Dawn talking about the Newton Cambridge Town and Gown 10k and her passion for running here.

Find out more about the Newton Cambridge Town and Gown 10k run here.

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