Britain’s biggest family the Radfords say they spoil all 22 kids on birthdays
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The biggest family in Britain – the Radfords – spoil every member with balloon-filled teepees and plenty of sweets on their birthdays.
Sue and Noel Radford make sure none of their 22 children is left behind, as adorable photos for daughter Ellie's 16th birthday show, Mirror reports.
The parents, of Morecambe, Lancashire, wrote on Instagram: "It was Ellie’s 16th birthday yesterday so today we surprised her with this.
"Happy birthday Ellie we hope you have the best night sweetheart."
The couple, who don't rely on benefits, spend an estimated £30,000 a year of their own money bringing up their children – including birthdays with a reported budget of £100 per child and Christmas at £100 to £250 per child.
They say on the morning of each of their kids' birthdays, the whole family gather in the living room.
The child is given a pile of presents, which often include sweets, clothes, toys and sports gear. These gifts are usually from the whole family, rather than 21 different gifts from each sibling.
Sue, 45, fancies herself as a "demon wrapper" and is the one in charge of wrapping and hiding the kids' pressies.
But Noel, a professional baker who runs his own bakery, usually whips up the birthday cake at the family house, which used to be a care home.
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The family sometimes buys extra-special cakes for milestone birthdays.
Before lockdown, the supersized family enjoyed birthday meals in restaurants, cocktails and even holidays.
The weekly food bill for the family usually comes in at around £300 but they splash out even more for birthdays, treating the kids to a meal out or ordering a huge takeaway for everyone.
When Millie turned 19 last August, Sue wrote on Instagram: “Massive happy birthday to @millieeradfordd 19 today. Have a brilliant day sweetheart.
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“Enjoying a cocktail with @itschloeradford_makeup for her birthday tomorrow.”
The mum also visits the grave of her 17th child, Alfie, who was sadly stillborn in 2014, every year.
Sue wrote: "Happy 5th birthday to our beautiful boy Alfie. I know you’ll be having a lovely party with your grandad up in the clouds.
"I would give anything to hold you again and kiss your beautiful lips. We love you Alfie always and forever."
The Radford's are Britain's biggest family, and are parents to Chris, 31, Sophie, 27, Chloe, 25, Jack, 24, Daniel, 22, Luke, 20, Millie, 19, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, eight, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, three, and Bonnie, one, and Heidie – who was born in April.
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