A farmer’s son who saved his dad from a rampaging bull has won the Child of Courage award at the 2011 Pride of Britain awards.
Tom Phillips was presented his prize by TV presenters Ant and Dec at a glittering ceremony which was shown on ITV on Wednesday (5 Oct).
The audience of celebrities in attendance were told how Tom and his dad had been tending to a newborn calf on their family farm near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire when the bull suddenly charged at them from the other side of the field.
The animal knocked down Tom’s father and continued to attack him.
The schoolboy, who was 10 at the time, made a split-second decision to get on the tractor and drive it towards the bull to force it away.
Paramedics who attended the scene said if the bull had been left to carry on the attack then Mr Phillips would not have survived.
As it was, he was left in a serious condition with 10 broken ribs.
“I wasn’t supposed to drive the tractor because Mum had told me never to go near,” Tom told the Daily Mirror which organises the annual awards ceremony.
“But I’m glad I did. It’s the reason Dad is still here today.”
Ant said: “He’s such a courageous young man he deserves all this success today. There are many wonderful stories but this rates as one of the most incredible.”