A woman is planning to scale the world's highest active volcano to raise money for Daisy Chain. This North East charity is supported by you, the players of the People's Postcode Lottery.

Rachel Smith, aged 34, will be taking on Cotopaxi later this year to raise essential funds for the children's autism charity. Mrs Smith has previously successfully battled the ferocious weather conditions and difficult terrain of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now she's keen to take on a new challenge and satisfy her climbing bug.

But despite being an experienced climber, it won't be plain sailing for her and the team. The Cotopaxi mountain is part of the chain of volcanoes around the Pacific plate known as the 'Pacific Ring of Fire'. They will be completing it over a 14-day period, using crampons, ice axes and ropes – and lots of good luck and positive thinking.

Both Rachel and her husband, Steve, are great supporters of Daisy Chain and have raised more than £13,000 through fundraising in the past couple of years. Together with the £279,000 donated by players of the People's Postcode Lottery, we are helping to make a difference to thousands of children and families living with autism.

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