Wiltshire man living in shed to shield daughter from coronavirus wins Epic Dad of the Year award

A dad who moved into the garden shed to protect his vulnerable six-year-old daughter from coronavirus has been voted 'Epic Dad of the Year'.

Darren Chillery-Watson made the sacrifice to ensure daughter Carmela, who has muscular dystrophy, could safely shield from the virus.

He is a key worker and has been collecting Covid-19 samples and delivering them for testing throughout the pandemic.

Darren beat off competition from five other dads to win the prize. Credit: Gracious Photography

Darren, from Market Lavington, was one of five UK dads who were shortlisted following nominations from friends and family.

The award was formerly given to celebrities, but this year went to someone who has gone above and beyond to help their families and communities throughout the pandemic.

Speaking about winning the 'Wagon Wheels Epic Dad of the Year', Darren said: "I am beyond humbled that, as a family, we have been acknowledged by the nation for the efforts we’ve been going to during these unprecedented times."

Darren lives in a shed to protect Carmella from coronavirus. Credit: ITV West Country

ITV News visited them in March when Darren first moved out - and captured this heart warming moment:

Darren goes straight to his shed when he returns from work - eating, sleeping and living there.

He is self-employed and works up to 12 or 16 hours a day to provide for his family.

  • Watch a tour of Darren's "humble abode'