Seeing all the members of this big family huddled together on one couch, one can’t help thinking of the popular English language nursery rhyme: “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do…” But their smiles shows that they do know it all, and are proud to be Britain’s biggest family!
Noel and Sue Radford, the proud parents of 19 loving children, are on their way to even out the number soon with their 20th child who is due in September 2017.
Mrs Radford, 41, who is recuperating well after the birth of her 7lb 15oz daughter, Phoebe Willow, is now happily looking forward to the newest addition to their family.
Phoebe, who was born after a 40-minute labour, now joins siblings Chris 27, Sophie, 22, Chloe, 21, Jack, 19, Daniel, 17, Luke, 15, Millie, 14, Katie, 13, James, 12, Ellie, 11, Aimee, ten, Josh, nine, Max, seven, Tillie, six, Oscar, four, Casper, three and Hallie, 13 months.
Since their marriage, pregnancy and never-ending parenthood has been a recurring theme within this family.
Mr Radford leaves for work at 5am every morning. He works an 11-hour shift at the bakery with help from their oldest children and Mrs Radford, takes care of the family at home.
The family spend £300 a week on food shopping, with 18 pints of milk, three liters of juice and three boxes of cereal being consumed every day.
When it comes to celebrating their children’s birthdays they have a budget of £100 for presents, while at Christmas they set aside between £100 to £250.
“I will never be that person again but I’m learning to live life as an angel mummy and put a smile on my face when there’s times I really don’t feel like smiling.”
After getting pregnant with their first child when Sue was just 14-years-old, the couple decided to keep the baby as they themselves were both given up for adoption at birth.
The family live in their beautiful old £240,000 Victorian house, a former care home. They love spending holidays abroad every year and are proud of the fact that they have no debt.
The family is expecting their 20th child in September this year. The proud parents posted their good news on Facebook that has gone viral! “We’ve just had our gender scan and baby’s doing brilliant was very active and healthy. now to get home to open this will it be pink or blue… we’re all so excited to find out,” the couple posted.
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Indeed one happy family!