Since the age of 15 years old, Bradshaw has raised many thousands of pounds for charity. The money raised from Channel swim in 1979, began the Fylde Hospice in Blackpool. She serves as a Director on the Board of The Channel Swimming Association where she is also the Assistant Secretary.
Her world records include the first triple-crossing of Loch Ness in 32 hours 34 minutes in 2005, relay double-crossing of the English Channel in 19 hours 7 minutes in 2004, butterfly crossing of the English Channel in 14 hours 18 minutes in 2002, butterfly crossing of 16.8K (10.5-mile) Windermere in 6 hours 7 minutes in 1991, and a 67.5K (42-mile) quadruple crossing of Windermere in 21 hours 17 minutes.
Bradshaw’s illustrious swimming career began at the age of 15, when she became the fastest British Junior to swim the English Channel. Her world record collection began in the 1980’s and included a 4-way Windermere solo swim in 23 hours 17 minutes. This continued through the 90’s (her ‘butterfly’ exploits began) and into this decade. In 2002, she achieved her 12th world record with the legendary butterfly solo swim of the English Channel in 14 hours 18 minutes.
Bradshaw is a qualified Teacher and Swimming Teacher and lectures part-time at Loughborough University in the Sport and Exercise Department. She is also a Professional Psychological Therapist/Counsellor, and a Coach and Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis. Bradshaw is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is CRB checked. In her spare time, she is Secretary of the Channel Swimming Association Ltd., where she shares her experience and expertise, enabling swimmers to achieve their dream of swimming the English Channel.
Alongside her swimming, she works part-time as a PE Lecturer at Loughborough University and is a Counsellor with Open Door (Young People’s Service) and a College in Loughborough. She also runs her own successful private Counselling and Therapy service. In addition, she is a Motivational and After Dinner Speaker, traveling the country inspiring others with her talks and stories.
Her reputation had earned her several prestigious Honours. In 2004 she was nominated for the Sunday Times Inspirational Award and in 2006 Bradshaw was awarded an MBE for her ‘Services to Swimming and Charity’ and the same year Loughborough University in recognition of her outstanding achievements conferred upon her an Honorary Doctorate. And 2007, saw Julie recognized further with a place in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, USA.
Bradshaw continues to excel in sport and this excellence extends into all other areas of her life. She gains great pleasure out of helping children, students, adults and athletes, watching them transform their lives and maximizing their potential.