A man who had a liver transplant ten years ago has now climbed Snowdon on the tenth anniversary of the operation. 

Ian Silverwood, of Carlisle, climbed the mountain which is the highest peak in Wales and one of the three highest in Britain, on Tuesday June 21. 

He has also recently completed all 214 of the Wainwright routes in Cumbria, made popular by the climber and guide book writer Alfred Wainwright. 

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Mr Silverwood said: "I really hope my story will encourage people to get out and enjoy what we have on our doorstep. 

"I have decided to do another round of the Wainwright's, all 214 of them again. I am so grateful for the gift of life that I've been given and I hope that I'm doing my donor proud.

"I cannot thank my donor enough, I feel as if I've been given a new lease of life."

Ian had his liver transplant at Freeman's Hospital in Newcastle in 2010 and after the operation had the sudden urge to walk. 

He had never been very interested in walking prior to this and feels as if the transplant changed him. 

Ian went onto explain that he has heard that some people pick up traits from their donor after the operation and feels that his donor may have been a keen hiker, which has inspired him to do the same. 

Prior to climbing Snowdon this week Ian has also recently completed the Wainwright walks which took him a number of years. 

One of the more famous routes is to the summit of England's highest peak Scafell Pike. After completing this and Snowdon in Wales this just leaves Ian with Ben Nevis to climb in Scotland, which he says he hopes to tackle soon. 

Which will mean that he will have claimed the three highest peaks in Britain. 

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Speaking about his journey up Snowdon, Ian said: "It was an excellent day and was really spuerb, made better by the fact that the weather was excellent. 

"Myself and a friend of mine who lives in Garstang decided that we would take on the challenge on the anniversary of my transplant."