Israel challenge raises over £70,00014 November 2014Press Release Twenty-two fundraisers took part in an Israel tour with a difference, completing their 337 km journey, from the Golan Heights to the Nahariya-Achziv Shore, on two wheels. The five day bike ride raised over £70,000 for Norwood, the UK's largest Jewish children, family and learning disability charity. Among the riders was Douglas Silas, who, the day after flying home from the ride, was presented with a prestigious Points of Light Award for his fundraising efforts by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Douglas has battled a rare neurological disorder to raise more than a hundred thousand pounds for Norwood, on a specially adapted bike. Challenges Manager Ian Tate said: "Israel's hills seem a lot steeper when you're on a bike, so hats off to all the challengers. It's one of our most popular challenges, and rightly so – the views are incredible and the atmosphere on the ride and camaraderie among the cyclists is second to none." Cyclist Simon Kimmel, who also volunteers as a photographer for Norwood said: "What a wonderful way to see parts of Israel that I have never seen before.A challenging but immensely satisfying ride in the company of some extraordinary people. This was a week I will remember forever."