In the early hours of 22 October 2011 on the B4114 at Croft in Leicestershire, a young driver, Michael York, returning home from a night out in Leicester crashed his vehicle into a tree whilst driving at excessive speed and under the influence of drink and drugs. Alongside him in his car were three friends. Michael was thrown clear in the crash and suffered serious injuries. Two of his friends, Matthew Brown and Samuel Turner were tragically killed in the crash. In June 2012 a remorseful and tearful Michael was convicted at Leicester Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving and was given a five year jail term.
In a remarkable act of forgiveness, Mandie Brown, the mother of Matthew Brown, hugged Michael in court. The story of remorse and forgiveness may have ended there had it not been for a chance meeting between Paul Speight of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Governor of HM Prison Glen Parva, where Michael was serving his sentence. Having been told that Michael was desperate to do something positive to help him deal with the consequences of his actions, permission was sought from and given by highest level within the prison service for Michael to be filmed from his cell urging others not to make the same mistake.