Former South Georgia Museum Curator Elsa Cox is raised funds for SGHT in memory of Robert (Bob) Burton by taking on a challenge to undertake a cold water swim every day in March 2022 in the sea off the island of Orkney in the far north of Scotland. With your help, she raised nearly £7.000!

The Cause: Stromness whaling station Manager’s Villa

The money Elsa raised will support a project Robert championed; the preservation and promotion of Stromness whaling station Manager’s Villa.

This iconic and historic building is where Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean found help after their 36-hour traverse of South Georgia. They had made the desperate sea and land crossing to save the crew of Endurance who were stranded hundreds of miles away on Elephant Island.

We followed Elsa’s wild swimming challenge throughout the month on the SGHT Facebook Page.

Read more in the eBulletins we sent to our Mailing List (Join our mailing list here):


Day 21: Ten days to go!

Day 15 of the swimming challenge and passed the £5,000 mark!- Elsa thanks you all again.

Thursday 10th March, 2nd Thank you after passing the £4,000 mark. Elsa wears her Endurance T-Shirt in celebration of the ship’s recent rediscovery, which we featured in our thank you eBulletin for passing the £2k mark!  (Join out mailing list here)

There has been a tremendous response to Elsa’s swims so far, she sent a message on Monday 7th March thanking you all after passing the £2,000 mark!