Wiltshire man shortlisted for Epic Dad of the Year award after moving into shed to shield daughter from coronavirus

Darren's daughter Carmela has muscular dystrophy, a life-limiting condition. Credit: Family photo

A man from Wiltshire, who moved into the garden shed to protect his vulnerable six-year-old daughter from coronavirus, has been shortlisted for Wagon Wheels Epic Dad of the Year.

Carmela Chillery-Watson has been in self-isolation while her dad, Darren, has collected coronavirus samples and delivered them for testing throughout the pandemic.

Darren made the sacrifice to fulfill his key worker responsibilities and to prevent Carmela, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, catching the virus.

Home sweet home: Darren's makeshift home during lockdown. Credit: ITV News
Darren and Carmela have had to keep a safe distance. Credit: ITV News

Darren, from Market Lavington, is one of five UK dads who have been shortlisted following nominations from friends and family.

The award was formerly bestowed on celebrities but this year it will go to someone who, like Darren, has gone above and beyond to help their families and communities throughout the pandemic.

Bossom buddies: Darren and Carmela in more normal times. Credit: Family photo

But Carmela doesn't care about awards - she knows that her dad is great and just wants to have him back.

Darren has shown ITV News West Country around his "humble abode".

The public now has until midnight on Sunday, 7 June to vote for their winner via the following website: www.epicdadoftheyear.co.uk.