A key worker dad from Wiltshire has moved into the garden shed to protect his vulnerable six-year-old daughter from coronavirus.

Carmela Chillery-Watson from Market Lavington has muscular dystrophy, a rare and life-limiting condition.

Her father, Darren, works as a delivery driver. Part of his job in the current pandemic is to pick up coronavirus samples for testing.

Carmela has just turned 6-years-old, and had to celebrate in self-isolation. Credit: Family picture

He's currently living in the family's garden shed while Carmela can self-isolate with her mum to protect herself from contracting Covid-19.

Darren is just one of the thousands of key workers who are making huge sacrifices to protect their loved ones from the virus while ensuring essential services can continue to operate.

The duo have shared their incredibly heartwarming way of staying in touch with one another during the lockdown.

When he comes home he's not allowed to come in. He's now in the garden shed. It's not quite a shed, it's a log cabin so it's gone up a star. He gets fed in there and he's got a camping toilet outside. We call him our little local superhero as he's risking himself getting contaminated. He's also self-employed so we rely on his wages. It's huge for him, having to do all the hours. He works up to 12 or 16 hours a day. He sleeps in his van when he's away from home, then comes home and sleeps in the shed. So it's hard for him and a lot of people out there who are doing the same thing.

Lucy Chillery-Watson, Carmela's mum

Both Carmela and her mum, Lucy, have received a huge amount of help from their local community.

They have delivered food, medicine and even made sure Carmela was able to celebrate her 6th birthday in these unprecedented times.

People living with muscular dystrophy are more vulnerable when it comes to getting coronavirus, so have been instructed to self-isolate.

Rob Burley, from Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: "It's really important that if you have muscular dystrophy you consider yourself to be at high risk and you practice social shielding."

He continued: "Care visits are still possible as long as you take precautions with your carers."

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