Savannah's Dad

On 6th May 2018, my wife, Catherine, and I welcomed our second daughter, Savannah Mackenzie Relf, who was born sleeping.

7lbs 7oz
38+4 weeks gestation
48cm long

Savannah was laid to rest on Tuesday 15th May 2018 with a beautiful service surrounded by those who love her despite having to say “goodbye” before having the chance to say “hello”.The loss of Savannah has been soul destroying for us, our family and our loved ones. We have been tackling each hurdle as it arises and taking each day as it comes.

The outpouring of support that we have received has been phenomenal. Among our biggest supporters was Bears of Hope. One of the hardest things we have had to do was to leave the hospital without Savannah. Bears of Hope gifted us with a teddy bear that had been donated by another bereaved family in honour of their angel. This teddy bear meant that we didn’t have to walk out of the hospital with empty arms. We will treasure this teddy bear forever.

Also gifted to us from Bears of Hope was a package that contained a beautiful memory box and suggestions for creating memories with Savannah. We are incredibly grateful for everything that Bears of Hope have done for us and it is extremely important to us that Savannah has a positive legacy.

It was actually my best mate, Scott, who first heard about the Beards of Hope campaign. We realised that we had an opportunity to help Bears of Hope to help more families just like us. Scott rallied the boys together and “Savannah’s Boys” was formed. We are proud to be able to raise funds and awareness for such an amazing organisation.

You can make a donation to Russell's fundraising page here.