BRITAIN’S biggest family have welcomed baby number 19 to their brood and revealed they won’t rule out rounding the number to an “even 20”, The Sun reports. Superparents Sue and Noel Radford brought newborn Phoebe Willow back to their bustling home after a 40-minute labour, weighing 7lb 15oz.
Beaming mum Sue, 41, told The Sun it still may NOT be her last baby, adding: “Phoebe is so beautiful and I am happy to have her here safely for now – but never say never.” This echoes Noel’s comments last month when he said: “We don’t plan to not have any more and we don’t plan to have any more. If it happens it happens, that’s how we roll.”
The family do not claim benefits and keep finances afloat through a successful family-owned bakery close by their home in Morecambe, Lancashire.
Phoebe joins siblings Chris, 27, Sophie, 22, Chloe, 2 1, 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. But they consider themselves parents to 19 after sadly losing baby Alfie at 23 weeks into the pregnancy in July 2014.
Last night said: “Our friends and family keep saying I should have one to get an even number – so round it off to an even 20. “I can’t rule it out. At the moment I am happy to have Phoebe with us, she is healthy and a little stunner. We are over the moon to have her here.
“The rest of the kids are lining up to have a cuddle, I find it easy because they muck in so much. “She slept from 11.30pm straight through until 8am last night and that was her first proper night at home, hopefully it will continue like that. She is shattered from the attention.”
Sue was just 14 when she first found out that she was pregnant over two-and-a-half-decades ago – but they were determined to keep baby Chris as both were given up for adoption from birth. They got hitched four years later and she was soon expecting their second child Sophie.
Just over a year afterwards they found out that they were expecting Chloe – and babies have been in quick succession even since. Sue’s typical day kicks off at 6.30am and she doesn’t get to bed until 11pm. Noel sets off to work at the bakery at 5am to work 11 hour days with the older kids helping out when possible.
The household is ran with military precision – with three big boxes of cereal and three litres of juice consumed before 8am as the kids help each other get ready for school. At 8.15am Noel nips home to help with the school run and the younger children are piled in the family people carrier. Sue then returns to the house where she juggles taking care of her babies and toddlers that are too young for school, with around nine wash loads each day.
She goes shopping every day to pick up food and to ensure the fridge is stocked with the 18 pints of milk that the family guzzle every 24 hours. The family spend £300 per week on food and drink and pride themselves on having no credit cards or items on finance.
They keep the household running on an income from the family bakery and recently launched pie business. They live in a large Victorian home which was a former residence for adults with learning disabilities, which they bought 11 years ago for £240,000.