Wrenthorpe businesswoman to cycle across Israel

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An award-winning business woman from Wrenthorpe is cycling across Israel for charity.

Samantha Harvey, owner of One World Travel on Teall Street, is the only woman in a group of 50 people who will be riding across 600km of tough terrain in five days.

The seasoned traveller is hoping to raise £6,000 for her chosen charities - UJIA (the United Jewish Israel Appeal) and Smile for Orly, which raises money for charity projects.

Mum-of-three Mrs Harvey, 49, said: “I love a challenge and I am passionate about raising as much money as possible to help communities across the world.

“I am nervous about this as I am the only woman in a group of men but I’m determined to do it for the girls.”

Mrs Harvey, who set up One World Travel in 2002, had to overcome a bicycle accident and having her bike stolen before even starting the ride of her life.

But the winner of the People’s Choice Award at Wakefield Business Awards 2016, said that she is used to overcoming obstacles and her customers have spurred her on.

Mrs Harvey added: “Everyone has been so generous with their donations and their encouragement that I’m determined to do this.”

Mrs Harvey has previously run Wakefield 10K for Wakefield Hospice and her company One World Travel hosts an annual gala dinner for the charity.

She said: “I love Wakefield and I’ve raised my family here so I try to do as much as I can for the area.”

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