Noel and Sue Radford have another mouth to feed.
The Lancashire couple recently delivered baby Casper to the world. Casper is the Radford’s 16th child.
He will join his brothers and sisters Oscar, Tilly May, Aimee, Ellie, Max, Josh, James, Katie, Millie, Luke, Jack, Chloe, Daniel, Sophie and Chris.
Chris is the oldest, at 23 years old. The Radford’s also recently welcomed their first grandchild when their daughter, Sophie, gave birth to a baby girl. Sue Radford is 37 years old.
Sue, who drives the kids around in a minibus, told the SUN: “He’s settled in like a dream. I get very emotional when I see the children together. I know people stare. Some think they won’t get the attention they need. They don’t realise how dedicated we are. And maybe we’ll be lucky enough to have more.”
The Radford’s are pretty far off from the world record. That honor belongs to a Russian Family, Mr. and Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev. According to the “Guinness Book of World Records”, the Vassilyev’s had 69 children between the years of 1725-1765. The Vassilyev family had several multiple birth pregnancies.
The greatest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c.1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 confinements she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.
Numerous contemporaneous sources exist, which suggest that this seemingly improbably and statistically unlikely story is true. The case was reported to Moscow by the Monastery of Nikolsk on 27 Feb 1782, which had recorded every birth. It is noted that, by this time, only two of the children who were born in the period c. 1725–65 failed to survive their infancy.
Sue said: “I get very emotional when I see the children together. I know people stare.
“Some think they won’t get the attention they need. They don’t realize how dedicated we are. And maybe we’ll be lucky enough to have more.”
The Radford family is closing in on the most prolific modern day family. They are only 3 children behind the Duggar family of Arkansas in the US. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 children and are the subject of the documentary television series, “19 Kids and Counting”.
It costs £250 ($324 USD) a week to feed the large family. Every day they polish off three loaves of bread, two boxes of cereal and 18 pints of milk. The Sun reports, the average supper can include 16 pork chops, 15lb of spuds, three cabbages and 30 carrots.