COURAGEOUS trainee butcher Tom Stevens drew gasps from the audience at a presentation ceremony as he recounted how lost his hand after getting it stuck in a mincer.
He was among those recognised at the 2014 Pride of Somerset Youth Awards.
Tom, 16, of Westhay, near Glastonbury, left school last summer to start an apprenticeship as a butcher but just a few weeks later lost his right hand in an accident.
The ordeal lasted two hours and he was nominated for his determination to not let the setback throw him off his chosen career path.
He defied the expectations of everyone by being back at work as an apprentice within a month.
His nomination said that he is at work every day with a smile on his face, looking for ways to develop his career, and does not expect to be treated any differently from his colleagues and friends.
Asked about his remarkable come-back, he told the audience: “I got fed up of being at home – there’s only so much daytime TV you can watch.”
Certificates were presented at Somerset College’s conference centre in Taunton, which was provided free by the college.