Britain's biggest family in numbers have 63 pairs of shoes, spend £500 at the barber shop

Not surprisingly, the day-to-day running of the home has to be organised with military precision. Here the Radfords break down their daily routine by numbers. Prepare to feel giddy and exhausted as you read just what it takes to keep such a huge family afloat.£160 The total money received every week in Child Benefit.

With 20 children, the Radfords are Britain's biggest family — and they are about to get bigger still.
Despite declaring that Archie, baby number 20 born last September, would be their final child, Sue and Noel, who live in Morecambe, announced this week that they are expecting again.
Baby number 21, a girl, is due in November. The new arrival will join Chris, 29, Sophie, 24, Chloe, 22, Jack, 21, Daniel, 19, Luke, 17, Millie 16, Katie, 15, James, 14, Ellie, 13, Aimee, 12, Josh, ten, Max, nine, Tillie, eight, Oscar, six, Casper, five, Hallie, two, Phoebe, 22 months, and Archie, eight months.
This means there's another pram to buy (astonishingly, Sue, 43, says she likes to get a new one for each child), another birthday to mark in the calendar and more clothes to add to the laundry mountain.
Not surprisingly, the day-to-day running of the home has to be organised with military precision.
Here the Radfords break down their daily routine by numbers. Prepare to feel giddy and exhausted as you read just what it takes to keep such a huge family afloat.£160 The total money received every week in Child Benefit.
'It's not very much per child, really,' says Sue. Apart from that the couple claim no State benefits.
Noel, 46, earns about £50,000 a year running a bakery business. There are additional fees from media appearances, but they are by no means millionaires.
'We have to count every penny,' he says. 'But we get by.'
787 Number of weeks Sue has spent pregnant (that's 5,425 days).
'People say I must have been pregnant more than I haven't been, but that's not entirely true because the babies have been spread over nearly 30 years,' she says.
Which does leave 1,523 weeks of those 30 years when she wasn't pregnant.
91,000 Nappies changed, mostly by Sue.
'I'd say we are averaging 11 a day now,' says Sue, which makes 77 a week. At a rough estimate, the family have spent about £16,000 on nappies so far.
2 The average time in minutes it takes Sue to change a nappy. 'I'm a whizz. I think I could do it in my sleep.'
17 The number of children still living at home.
'The eldest two, Chris, 29, and Sophie, 24, don't live at home any more, but, having said that, Sophie now has three children of her own so when they all come to stay, it's a bit cramped,' says Sue.
9 The number of bedrooms in their house. It used to be a nursing home before they bought it for £230,000 in 2004.
The children have an entire floor to themselves, with various room-sharing arrangements going on.
'But Hallie, who's two, still comes into our bed most nights. Sometimes the others do too for a cuddle. Thankfully, we've got a super-king sized bed now,' says Sue.
20 Packets of crisps consumed a day, along with three boxes of cereal, 18 pints of milk, and three or four loaves.
'We ration things like crisps and biscuits. With fruit, we buy 12 apples a day and usually eight oranges and eight bananas.
'They all go pretty fast, so we have to shop for perishables every day.'
The younger children take packed lunches to school, while the older ones dip between school dinners and packed lunches.
'At home we try to eat together when we can, although breakfast is a bit more of a free-for-all.'
£300 The surprisingly small food budget per week (the average family spends £53.20).
'Aldi is our second home, but the market is great for fruit and veg.
'The trick is meal planning, and knowing your numbers. If we have a roast dinner on a Sunday, I know we will need three chickens to feed everyone, two bags of carrots and the biggest bag of potatoes.'
3 Jars of chocolate spread consumed a week. 'If you don't keep an eye on them, you will find out too late that they've put it on the bread an inch thick.'
35 Prams and pushchairs owned over the past three decades. 'I know it sounds excessive, but I like to have a new one for every child, although that hasn't been the case with the last few.
When you add in the strollers, the double buggies and the boards for the older kids to stand on, we've spent a lot over the years.'
How much? 'At a conservative estimate, we'd say £5,000.'
20 The time in seconds in which Sue can collapse a buggy.
'I think I've had every brand. Once I watched some grandparents struggle in a car park, and I had to go over and do it for them.'
1 Hour a day on school form filling. 'At the secondary school, they have to do a form, maybe two, for every single trip or activity. I can't tell you how many times I have to write our address.'
3 The number of schools attended. 'We've got five at the same high school, three at one primary and two at another because we couldn't get them all into the same one. Hallie has just started nursery, too. The school run is more of an expedition.'
It takes 45 minutes and both parents to get them all to school. 'But the ones at high school sort themselves out.'
£360 The estimated tooth fairy expenditure to date. The average child loses all 20 baby teeth by the age of 12. 'She can be busy in our house,' says Noel.
'She's been three times this month alone. Oscar lost two teeth at once, then one of Tillie's fell out. It's £1 a tooth.'
160 Hours spent in labour. Sue's shortest labour was just 12 minutes.
'That was Tillie. She nearly arrived in the car. Chris was the longest. I was in labour for 37 hours with him, but there hasn't been a pattern of the labours getting steadily shorter. Oscar, our 15th took 12 hours to arrive.'
9lb 3oz The weight of the heaviest Radford baby. 'Katie gets that prize. Tillie was the lightest at 6lb 3oz. The majority went to term, but the last eight have been a week early.'
32 Midwives seen. 'It might be more. I've lost track,' says Sue. 'But I've had the same one now for the past four years. Also the same consultant. They know me quite well.'
33 Months spent at parents evenings as their children are at school. 'We can be there for three hours at a time, and with all those kids it adds up. The trick is remembering which child belongs with which teacher.'
62 Pairs of shoes in the hallway. 'That's not including random strays', says Noel. 'We get through about 60 a year.' Each child has at least two pairs, with 'the older girls having many more. Then there are the football boots ... '
56 The number of Yorkshire puddings consumed at Christmas dinner.
'We had 27 people round — that was a lot even for us,' says Sue. 'Noel's mum and dad were here and Sophie and her lot. We had three turkeys as well.'
£500 Yearly in the barber's shop. 'One of the unexpected costs of a big family is hairdressing.
'We take four or five of the boys to the barbers at a time, at a cost of £8 a haircut. It does mount up.
'A friend of mine comes to the house to do the girls because we just can't afford salons.
'Millie has just had hers dyed, but she's working now so she paid for it herself. That's the rule, if they want things like that they pay.'
6 The number of times clothes can be handed down before they disintegrate.
'We don't have a clothes budget as such, but I tend to stock up in the sales,' says Sue. 'We do pass clothes down between them, but there's a limit to how many times you can do that.
I think our record for the number of babies who used one Babygro is six. Chris was the first, and it got to Luke before it fell apart.'
1,424 Toilet rolls a year. 'That sounds a lot, even for us, doesn't it?' says Sue. 'But we do get through four a day. I honestly don't know what they do with it. Full rolls do sometimes get flung in the toilet by the little ones.'
15 Seats in their minibus. 'We still can't fit everyone in, but it's a godsend when we have a big outing.
'We have another car too, but when we go on holiday we like to rent a caravan. We need at least two of those, depending on the number of children with us.'
2017 The year of their most ambitious holiday. A television company paid for them to go to Disney World in Florida.
'That was a logistical nightmare. At check-in, I handed over all the passports together and you should have seen the poor girl's face. She had to call for help. Immigration in the States was interesting. People say 'how many?!'
1,290 Dishwasher cycles every year. 'We do at least three a day, sometimes more. It's the hardest working dishwasher in Britain.
'The children are responsible for emptying it. I think it eats forks, though. I'm forever saying 'we have hundreds of forks. Why can't I find enough for dinner?'=
60,000 Instagram followers. The family are now bona fide media stars. Documentaries have been made about them. They are regulars on daytime telly, and weren't even put off when Eamonn Holmes called Noel a 'randy goat'.
They have now moved into the world of posting videos on YouTube, 'but the difficult thing is going to be finding time to keep on top of that,' says Sue.
18 Kilos. The capacity of their industrial-size washing machine. 'We used to do nine loads a day but we got gifted this monster recently and it's changed my life.
We only need to do two loads a day now. I've been running round putting in duvets, everything I can find. If I could give people with big families one piece of advice I would say: go industrial.
'Our tumble dryer is still a standard size, though. It is permanently on,' says Sue.
49,389 Number of socks lost per year (at least it feels like that!) even with said wonder washing machine. 'Perhaps the dogs eat them?'
3 Dogs. 'We must be mad,' says Sue.
14 Sue's age when she first fell pregnant in 1989. She and Noel married four years later. Their young age may have been a scandal but 'we have stood the test of time'.
Despite the fact she was still at school, Sue was determined to keep her baby.
Both she and Noel were adopted, which they agree might have something to do with their determination to continually expand their family.
Have Sue's parents always been supportive? 'Around baby number eight, my mum was saying 'you aren't going to have any more, are you?'
1 Heartbreak. Baby Alfie was stillborn in 2014.
'But he is still very much a part of this family,' says Noel. 'A piece of artwork featuring all the children had Alfie represented by a little star in the sky.'
5 Scooters in the garden, plus three bicycles and three trikes.
'We don't have a shed or a garage,' says Sue. 'Storing them is a nightmare.'
0 Trampolines. 'We used to have one, but it went to the skip. We had broken noses, all sorts, so I got rid.'
30 Minutes of adult time per day. 'That's the maximum we can really get on our own before we go to bed. But once a month we have a date night. We try not to talk about the kids, but we never manage that.'
How often do they have sex?
'We can't answer that!' says Sue. 'The kids would cringe. Let's just say we work at that part. I think you have to keep a marriage alive. And I am very fertile, but you can probably tell that.'
... and 0 Regrets. 'Not a single one,' says Sue. 'It's hard work having so many children, but we wouldn't have it any other way.'

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Not surprisingly, the day-to-day running of the home has to be organised with military precision. Here the Radfords break down their daily routine by numbers. Prepare to feel giddy and exhausted as you read just what it takes to keep such a huge family afloat.£160 The total money received every week in Child Benefit.
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