In September 2012, Frances' 18 year old son Michael was killed when a bus he was travelling on crashed, on its way home from Bestival on the Isle of Wight. The front tyre had a catastrophic blow out, the tyre was 20 years old, Kerry Ogden aged 23 and the bus driver were also killed. Since then Frances has campaigned to change the law, which at present has no legislation to the age limit of any tyres fitted on vehicles in the UK. She has enlisted the help of Maria Eagle MP and they have met with Patrick McLoughlin The Secretary of State for Transport.
Michael was an accomplished songwriter and musician and he was just about to be signed up by a record company. He had written and music and played on the song Rise and Fall which he played it to his Mum. As this was the last thing he shared with Frances, she was determined that the world should hear his music. Frances managed to get Michael’s song recorded by Sunday Best and it went straight into the Charts at No. 35, only the 2nd in history for an unsigned artist.