A CUMBRIAN man has completed all of the 214 Wainwrights - after having a liver transplant ten years ago.

Ian Silverwood, of Carlisle, completed the challenge recently and says that he developed a love for walking after having had the transplant.

Mr Silverwood said: "I would just go out walking and eventually managed to complete all of the peaks. When I got out of hospital all I wanted to do was walk which convinced me that my donor was also passionate about it!

"I'd like to inspire other people to walk, it's been the beginning of a new life since having the transplant.

"It's amazing what it has done for me.

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"When I was in hospital the nurses used to ask the patients what they wanted to do every morning and I'd tell them I wanted to climb Skiddaw, it was three years before I was able to do that."

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Ian explains that he developed a love for walking after having had the liver transplant. He says that before the operation he had never been a walker. 

He says that he has heard from other people that the organ recipient takes something from the donor, so he believes that he has taken on a love for walking. 

The Waignwrights consist of 214 Cumbrian fells, described in works by Alfred Wainwright, a British fell walker and guidebook creator. 

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All of the fells mentioned in Wainwright's work are in the Lake District National Park. 

They have been made very famous over the years, with many hikers taking on the challenge. 

Once developing a love for walking and the outdoors, Ian himself decided to take up the challenge five years ago. 

In the coming weeks Ian will be taking on a new challenge of climbing Snowdon in Wales. 

The climb will fall on the tenth anniversary of Ian's liver transplant operation, which he had at Freeman's Hospital in Newcastle. 

Ian encouraged other people to consider being an organ donor - knowing how it has improved his life after having the transplant.