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22-year-old parents Noel and Sue Radford share the challenges of raising autistic son Max while Noel takes him fishing

THE parents of Britain’s largest family, the Radfords, have opened up about raising their sweet son Max, who has autism.

On the latest episode of 22 Kids And Counting on Channel 5, Papa Noel said he wanted to do something special for his boy – so he took him fishing for the day.

Noel and Sue Radford spoke about raising son Max, who has autism

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Noel and Sue Radford spoke about raising son Max, who has autismCredit: Youtube/The Radford Family
Noel and Max go fishing in the latest episode of 22 Kids and Counting on Channel 5

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Noel and Max go fishing in the latest episode of 22 Kids and Counting on Channel 5Credit: Youtube/The Radford Family
Max enjoys the day in the fresh air with his dad

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Max enjoys the day in the fresh air with his dadCredit: Youtube/The Radford Family

Last year, Max, 13, the Radfords’ 13th child, was diagnosed with autism.

Mum Sue, 46, said: “I think when you have so many kids you kind of know when one of the kids needs more attention than the others.

“He’s so lovable, he really is, but just certain little qualities that he needs to make routine in his life.

“He doesn’t like it when he doesn’t have a routine.”

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Noel, 51, said: “I noticed with Max recently that he seems to have gone to his shell, he seems to just be sitting in his room playing on his tablet thing.

“I just want to get him out of the house and spend some time with him.

“I just loved the idea of ​​going fishing with Max. It’s something I used to do when I was a kid.

“I just thought it would be something he would enjoy. Just get out in the fresh air.”

Sue added: “It’s right up his street.”

The father and son duo make their way to Morecambe Bay near their home, which has over five miles of shoreline.

Unfortunately, it turns out to be more difficult than predicted – and they catch nothing but a piece of seaweed.

Noel gently broke the news to Max, saying, “I don’t want to let you down Max, but there’s nothing in the end.”

But the two appear to be enjoying their time together over a fish and chip dinner on the way home.

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Undeterred, Noel takes Max and a friend out to sea on a skippered boat, and this time they manage to catch a ton of fish.

Max exclaimed happily, “I’m a master fisherman!”

Many people were quick to praise the family and gave Max special attention, with one saying: “How sweet and it’s fantastic that Noel and Sue are investing in their children’s lives by not only providing but being active parents who.” care and it shows.”

Another added: “You did a great job Max!! You can see what a great time they all had.”

Sue and Noel are parents to Chris, 32, Sophie, 28, Chloe, 26, Jack, 25, Daniel, 23, Luke, 21, Millie, 20, Katie, 19, James, 18, Ellie, 16, Aimee, 16, Josh, 14, Max, 13, Tillie, 11, Oscar, 10, Casper, nine, Hallie, six, Phoebe, five, Archie, four, Bonnie, three, and Heidie, two.

Unfortunately, the couple’s 17th child, Alfie, was born on July 6, 2014.

The family is known not to be dependent on welfare and is supported by their cake business.

The Radfords, who live in a former 10-bed nursing home, often show off their multi-million dollar lifestyle on Instagram.

Max was diagnosed with autism last year and likes routine

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Max was diagnosed with autism last year and likes routineCredit: Youtube/The Radford Family
The couple end up catching many fish on a boat at sea

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The couple end up catching many fish on a boat at seaCredit: Youtube/The Radford Family
The Radfords are Britain's largest family and live in Morecambe

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The Radfords are Britain’s largest family and live in Morecambe

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Jessica MacLeish

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