SUE and Noel Radford, who are parents to Britain’s biggest family, have revealed their financial woes after Noel tested positive for coronavirus.
Mum-of-22 Sue, 45, from Lancashire, said they have had to shut their family’s bakery due to the family self-isolating, and have lost money from orders.
Taking to the Radfords’ YouTube channel, Sue said in a video today that fans had been asking about the family’s business.
She said: “We’ve had to close, we can’t keep it open as Noel and Chloe are in the bakery baking the pies.
“Chloe has had to isolate with us so we’ve had to close.
“It’s a massive nightmare really. It’s the busiest time of the year and we can’t get orders in.
“We’ve not got any income coming in from the shop. It’s going to hit quite hard to be honest.”
Noel, 49, and Sue famously don’t rely on benefits for their bumper brood, and live off their pie shop for income.
Speaking on the family's vlog a few days ago, Noel explained how he booked a Covid-19 test after losing his sense of smell, a few days after first "feeling cold and fluey".
He said: "The results came back just over 24 hours later and I'm positive, so we're all having to self isolate for the next – I don't know how many days we have left.
"Everything seems to be upside down and we're all going a bit stir crazy, we're in the house bored.
"Now we're waiting on Aimee, 14, and 21-year-old Daniel's results to come back because they started symptoms at the same time as me."
Daniel’s results have since come back positive, and Aimee’s are negative.
Although the three ill Radfords haven't had serious symptoms, the family are now confined to their 10-bed former care home in Morecambe, Lancs, which has caused some issues with their enormous food shops.
Noel said: "Luckily I've just had no sense of smell and a bit of a cough for a few days. It sorts of feels like you have a lump in your throat…
"We're just going to doss about in the house, there's not much we can do really, go in the garden.
"We've booked a few home delivery slots for the shopping.
Inside the Radford household
The Radfords live in a 10-bed former care home in Morecambe, Lancs.
They recently did up their garden to add a hot tub, home bar built by Noel, projector cinema and children's play park, after being confined to home during the first lockdown.
Sue, 45, and husband Noel, 49, live with kids Chloe, 25, Jack, 23, Daniel, 21, Luke, 20, Millie, 19, Katie, 18, James, 17, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 13, Max, 11, Tillie, 10, Oscar, nine, Casper, eight, Hallie, five, Phoebe, four, Archie, three, Bonnie, two, and Heidie, who was born in April.
Millie's daughter Ophelia, born in September, also lives in the family home.
Sadly Noel and Sue's 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.
Eldest siblings Chris, 31, Sophie, 26, have moved out and now have their own kids.
"Sophie came down the other night with some shopping for us because I'd buggered up the home delivery.
"I thought I'd booked it in for whatever day it was but actually I'd booked it in for the week after so we got no food that day and that was a bit of a disaster.
"So Sophie went out and got some for us. But not to worry, all of us are fine, it's mainly the loss of smell the three of us have suffered.
"A bit of a chesty cough from myself but the other two just nothing."
He added: "I'm trying to keep away from the kids as much as I can but you can imagine it's pretty difficult in this house, there's one over there now."
Previously, Sue showed off her mountain of Christmas presents and said it’s "time to start wrapping".
Meanwhile, Millie has posed in a swimsuit and fans think she looks just like Jacqueline Jossa.
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