A CARE worker in isolation has given a chip shop mascot a fitting makeover.

Sabina Brzozowska, from Woodingdean, furnished the fisherman figure above Woodingdean Fish Bar with a protective mask and a sign reading: “I am isolated on the roof”.

The fish and chip shop is temporarily closed to protect customers and staff from contracting coronavirus.

Sabrina, meanwhile, is confined to her home due to severe asthma. She works in a residential care home but needs to remain in “shielding” isolation because she is at high risk from the virus.

She said she had been trying to “find some humour” in hard times.

“I live above the fish and chip shop and I’m in isolation myself,” she said. “I just jumped through the window and dressed him up.

“Covid-19 is a serious thing but we need to find some humour in it as well, otherwise we’ll all go insane.”

Sabrina said things were difficult at the care home. “It’s very busy there right now,” she said. “Lots of staff are at high risk like me and cannot work at the moment.

“Our managers want to protect us. But we are all really struggling. It’s very difficult to get people with dementia to maintain their distance as well.

“We’ve got a lovely community spirit in Woodingdean.

“People pick up on things like this and enjoy them. I thought I’d do something while in isolation to make everyone laugh.”

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