How the Radfords make their money, benefits and how much rent they charge older kids – Mirror Online

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For the Radford family, even the most trivial of tasks can be an epic endeavour.

Britain’s biggest family spend an eye-watering amount on their colossal weekly food bill, which has gone up from a staggering £300 to a jaw-dropping £400.

On average they consume 56 sausages, 16 pints of milk and four loaves of bread a day, as well as three tubes of toothpaste, 80 yoghurts a week and 24 toilet rolls per week.

Noel and Sue Radford are parents to a whopping 22 kids, having welcomed youngest child Heidi back in April last year, who “eat them out of house and home”.

Now the massive clan are opening up their doors to the cameras once again on Channel 5 documentary 22 Kids and Counting.

Mum Sue admits work around the house is “never-ending”, while dad Noel says they’re in a “nightmare” amid homeschooling chaos.

But no matter what, this extraordinary family still find a way to have fun and the babies keep on coming.

So how do they afford to feed all those hungry mouths?

Pie business

The Radfords are Britain's biggest family with 22 kids
The Radfords are Britain’s biggest family with 22 kids
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The Radford family are self-sufficient as they live on the income from Noel’s family bakery business.

The Radford Pie company, which is located near their family home in Morecombe, Lancashire, serves fresh, healthy pies to customers across the UK.

On their website, they state: “We have owned our own lovely bakery since 1999 which is how we manage to provide for (and feed) our huge and expanding family as well as for the local people of Heysham and Morecambe.

“We have set up our on-line pie shop so we can share our very popular pies with you all. We’re a real family business with both myself and Sue working at the helm along with some of our children to help us.”

Noel is the family breadwinner, having been a baker for 25 years and working in several bakeries from trainee to manager to owner.

Noel in bakery
Noel runs the family’s pie business
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It’s certainly a family affair, as wife Sue oversees all the orders coming in when she doesn’t have her hands full with the kids and is “chief taste tester”.

Daughter Chloe is the next generation of artisan pie maker, having helped in the bakery for five years, while son Daniel also helps prepare the deliveries.

They company did expand to cater for online orders made from around the UK, but they were devastatingly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new Channel 5 series will touch on the financial troubles the family have as their successful pie business faces closure due to lockdown.

In December, the  bakery had to temporarily close as Noel contracted coronavirus so they lost takings during that time.

Benefits

Noel and Sue admit they're not secret millionaires
Noel and Sue admit they’re not secret millionaires
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Sue and Noel famously rely on their own bakery business and do not claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit.

“Absolutely not, we’re definitely not secret millionaires,” Sue said when asked if the family were rich.

“To me rich would be having the big mansion, the flash cars and quite a few hundred thousand in the bank, to me that would be rich but we are not that.”

The only other source of income they get is through brand partnerships on social media.

Their house

The Radford family live in Morecombe, Lancashire
The Radford family live in Morecombe, Lancashire
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It’s a tight squeeze as the Radfords as they live in a 10-bedroom house which they bought for £240,000 in 2004.

There are currently 19 of their kids living at home as eldest children Chris, 31, and Sophie 26 have now moved out, although they are always round for visits.

Living at home is Chloe, 25, Jack, 23, Daniel, 21, Luke, 20, Millie, 19, Katie, 18, James, 17, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 13, Max, 12, Tillie, 10, Oscar, nine, Casper, eight, Hallie, five, Phoebe, four, Archie, three, Bonnie, two, and baby Heidie

There was a suggestion that they could leave the three-storey building, which was converted from a former care home, but now they have big renovation ideas.

“I think a while back I did really want to move house, before we did the house up. But since doing the house up were not moving and actually we’ve got plans for the house, quite big plans,” said Sue.

“We will be sharing them with you once the architect does his thing.”

If the family ever did up sticks, they would go somewhere with some tranquility or some sun.

Noe added: “I think if we were to move house what we would really love to do is move abroad or move to the lakes.”

Charging rent

Homeschooling has been a military operation
Homeschooling has been a military operation
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Only two of the kids have moved out of the family home, meaning some are still living there as adults.

But they don’t get a completely free ride as the eldest children pay a small amount of rent to their parents.

“Us older ones do pay a little bit of board, granted it’s not a lot but I am trying to save up for my own house at the moment,” explained Chloe, who is the oldest of the couple’s children who is still living at home.

Sue added: “We’ve always said if you want to buy somewhere, rent is dead money so we would rather you saved that money up and stayed at home for a bit longer.

“But me and Noel believe they should pay board, if they are earning we’ve always been brought up to pay board.”

More kids in the future?

Noel and Sue claim they won't be having anymore kids
Noel and Sue claim they won’t be having anymore kids
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Sue and Noel have made it very clear that they are not having anymore kids.

“No, we are not having any more,” Sue told The Mirror last week. “Definitely 100% not.”

During a Q&A session for their fans with their two eldest daughters, the couple explained that youngest daughter Heidi would be their final baby.

When asked if they were having any more children, Sue replied: “We have both decided that we don’t want more children. This time we are definitely done! Heidi is definitely the last! That’s that.”

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Noel added: “There will be no more little Radfords, not from us anyway.”

However, that doesn’t mean the family won’t be increasing in size.

Sue and Noel have six grandchildren, with 19-year-old Millie giving birth to her first child, Ophelia, in September last year.

As the rest of their kids get older, there will be plenty more babies on the way.

*22 Kids and Counting starts tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm

 

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