Britain’s biggest family are self isolating as dad Noel Radford tests positive for Covid & they’re ‘going stir crazy’

BRITAIN'S biggest family are self isolating after dad Noel Radford tested positive for coronavirus, and we're sure every parent can sympathise.

Parents-of-22 Sue, 45, and Noel, 49, live in a household of 22 – with one grandchild and 19 of their own kids.

Oldest siblings Chris, 31, and Sophie, 26, have moved out to start their own families, while the couple's 17th child Alfie was sadly stillborn in 2014.

And daughter Millie, 19, has now added to the brood with her daughter Ophelia, three months.

Noel has admitted they're already "going stir crazy" just days into the quarantine period.

Speaking on the family's latest vlog, 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."

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.

"Sophie came down the other night with some shopping for us because I'd buggered up the home delivery.

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.

"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."

Sue also spoke on the YouTube vid, telling her fans: "Things have been a bit crazy for the last week.

"Trying to adjust to not being able to go out, the shopping side of it, I think by the end of the isolation period we'll all be going a bit stir crazy.

"But the main thing is we're all fine. Noel seems to be doing much better than he was a few days ago, which is good. We will keep you all updated."

When Noel first came down with a cold, he called 111 but was told he didn't "tick the correct boxes to warrant going for a test".

Now he's urging others to seek out tests even if their symptoms are mild.

He said: "Some people are showing more symptoms than others and really I think we should get tested just in case you have got it.

"In that way you're not spreading it onto your loved ones who it could affect drastically, it could almost kill them or put them in hospital for weeks on end."

Yesterday, 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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