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Britain’s Biggest Family Say Lockdown Has Been A ‘Nightmare’

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Britain’s Biggest Family Say Lockdown Has Been A ‘Nightmare’

The parent's of Britain's largest family have admitted that lockdown has been a bit of a 'nightmare' with their huge brood, and judging by the clip below, you can probably understand why:


Sue and Noel Radford have a whopping 22 kids and are set to star in a new Channel 5 show called 22 Kids and Counting.

In a trailer for the new show, Sue, 45, tells the camera that with lockdown keeping the kids at home, their food bills have been soaring.


"They've eaten us out of house and home," she admits - as the family have their weekly food shop delivered.

Incredibly, the family works their way through 16 pints of milk and four loaves of bread every single day, alongside 24 toilet rolls and three tubes of toothpaste each week.

Speaking to The Mirror, Sue said: "Our food bill has nearly doubled as the children are constantly eating."

She also says that the amount of housework and laundry has hit new levels leaving her feeling 'like Cinderella'.


She adds: "If I could say the one thing that really does drive me insane in this house, it's got to be the laundry. An average day, I can be doing four to five loads of washing.

"It's never-ending."

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

The Radfords still have 18 of their children living at home, so Sue and Noel are getting to grips with home-schooling their kids.


In the first episode of the show, Sue is just about to give birth to baby number 22 - a little girl they call Heidie - as well as dealing with the pandemic.

In a short preview clip for the show, Noel admits: "We often get asked, 'How do you run such a big family?' And it's usually down to routine.

"But there's just been none of that [in lockdown]. We're really clutching at straws trying to think of things to do to keep them occupied.

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

"Six or seven weeks for summer is hard enough but we're getting on to six months now. It's just a nightmare."

The family's bakery business has also felt the impact of the pandemic piling on more pressure, with Noel explaining: "It's about £30,000 just to keep the house going and feed everybody. So it's a lot of pies we've got to sell to support us all!

"It's a huge responsibility having 22 kids. I try not to let it get to me."

22 Kids and Counting

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

Topics: UK News, TV and Film

Claire Reid
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