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The Radfords treat 22 kids to monster BBQ during heatwave – and they need two huge tables to sit everyone

BRITAIN’S biggest family, the Radfords, were seen treating their 22 kids to a monster BBQ during the heatwave. 

Noel, 48, and Sue, 45, dished out mounds of burgers and hot dogs in their garden in Lancashire. 

Taking to their Instagram Stories, they showed how their large brood had to cram onto two large tables to fit everyone. 

They captioned their post “BBQ in the garden before the thunderstorm arrives”. 

Sue could be seen cradling the latest addition to the family Heidie, who was born during lockdown. 

The Radfords are Britain's biggest family, with kids Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, two and Bonnie, one, and baby Heidie, who was born in April.



Chris and Sophie moved out but the others still live at home, and Millie is currently pregnant with her first baby.

Of course, catering for such a large family doesn’t come cheap. 

Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, she said: "The summer holidays are a bit crazy and, with so many children, it gets very expensive. We don’t save for it, we just have to go with the flow."

The couple famously don’t claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.

But Sue has admitted her weekly shopping bill is hiked by £100 – to £350 – when the kids are home from school.

SUE'S SUMMER IN NUMBERS

Time spent tidying every week: 14-21 hours

Weekly food bill: £350

One meal out: £150 plus

One cinema trip: £100 plus

Clothes washes: 3 daily in an 18kg machine

Suitcases for every holiday: 7

Packed lunch: 2 loaves of bread, 3 packets of sausage rolls, 24 packets of crisps

The stay-at-home mum lives with her husband and kids in a 10-bed former care home, which they bought for £240,000 in 2004.

Sue said: "The house does get messy. It’s the school holidays, I think you’ve just got the accept that.

"I gut the house when the kids go to bed, rather than constantly doing it during the day.

"You would be constantly cleaning up after them, all day long, otherwise.

"It takes two to three hours to clean up after them all, the kids can make an awful lot of mess very quickly.

"The laundry is non-stop during the school holidays, too. I do about three loads-a-day in my 18kg washing machine."



In order to seat their large family outside during lockdown, Sue recently splashed out on new seating in the garden. 

This included a massive eight-seater rattan table and chairs with a matching outdoor sofa big enough to fit the entire brood. 

She captioned the photo: "Loving our new outdoor Samoa garden furniture from @lifestylegardenfurniture it’s the perfect outdoor dining space for our family."

Last month, Sue and Noel shared a snap as they soaked away the day in their new hot tub while taking some time for themselves after the kids went to sleep.

But the rest of the family have been enjoying the added luxury too, in particular their son Daniel, 21, who was recently snapped sipping on a Corona beer while he soaked in the tub.

Earlier this year, the couple embarked on a massive DIY project, transforming their garden, including ditching real grass in favour of artificial lawn, to try and stop their kids from getting muddy in the garden. 

In other news, the Radfords revealed the chaos of going on a huge family walk during lockdown.

And Sue revealed the £30 grey paint she uses to achieve her Mrs Hinch style home.

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