Pregnant mum of UK’s biggest family The Radfords reflects on ‘devastating loss’

Pregnant mum of UK’s biggest family The Radfords reflects on ‘devastating loss’

The mum of Britain's biggest family – who is pregnant with her 22nd baby – says she is looking forward to an "amazing" 2020 after the "devastating loss" of relatives last year.

Sue Radford said 2019 was the "hardest year of our lives" as she reflected on the ups and downs of the past 12 months for her, husband Noel, 48, and their children.

In a New Year message, the 44-year-old mum, from Morecambe, Lancashire, spoke of the family's grief over the deaths of her father and Noel's mum and their joy of finding out they would have another child.

The grandmother also told of her nine-year-old daughter Tillie's "big operations" and having to have a frame fitted to lengthen her leg, saying it "felt like life just hasn’t given us a break".


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Sue wrote to her 186,000 on Instagram : "Reflecting back on 2019 we can honestly say it’s been the hardest year of our lives we’ve gone through the devastating loss of both my dad and Noel’s mum which as a family has been so hard to deal with, we miss them both so very much.

"Then Tillie having to go through a few big operations has at times felt like life just hasn’t given us a break.

"But we have also had some amazing things happen, our new grandson Jacob arriving back in July, finding out we’re expecting a new addition to our family our beautiful baby girl and reaching 100k subscribers on our YouTube Chanel.

"We just want to say a massive thank you to all our subscribers and followers for all your love and support this year it’s honestly meant the world to us and we hope you enjoy watching what we get up to as a family in 2020.

"We have a very exciting year to look forwards to which we hope will be a much better year for us all.

"All the very best for 2020 let’s make it an amazing year."

The Radfords are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 25, Chloe, 23, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 18, Millie, 17, Katie, 16, James, 15, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, seven, Casper, six, Hallie, three, Phoebe, two, Archie 18 months, and Bonnie, one.

They also have three grandchildren – Daisy, six, Ayprill, four, and Leo, two, who are Sophie's kids.

On Christmas morning, the Radford family home descended into absolute 'chaos' as their excited brood took it in turns to unwrap their mountains of presents.

Carpets were replaced with a sea of wrapping paper as their youngest children ripped open their gifts, which included cuddly toys, headphones and dolls.

Sue and Noel pulled out all the stops to ensure their kids had a very special day – and bought a whopping 170 items to feed their clan.

Later this year, the family will be even bigger as Sue and Noel are expecting baby number 22 – a girl.

Some of their older children have since moved out the house, however 12 still live at the family home.

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