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A 99-year-old man has raised more than £26 million ($32m) for the British health service. Captain Tom Moore wanted to raise £1000. He wanted to raise the money by walking around his garden 100 times. He wanted to finish the walk before his 100th birthday. His 100th birthday is on April 30.

Captain Tom Moore is a World War 2 veteran. His goal went viral online. Now he has raised a massive £26 million. He is raising money to help the health service and workers. They need extra help because of the coronavirus.

Captain Moore has now been getting attention from all over the world. He is very happy about how much money he has raised. Many British people want him to be thanked by the Queen.

Difficult words

Raise (v): To collect or bring together.

Veteran (n): A person who fought in a war.

Viral (adj): Becoming very popular and shared by many people, usually online.

Massive (adj): Very very big.

Attention (n): The action of noticing something.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Raise  A. Soldier
 2. Veteran  B. Huge
 3. Viral  C. Notice
 4. Massive  D. Collect
 5. Attention  E. Popular

True or False?

1. A teenager raised a lot of money. T / F

2. The man wanted to raise £1,000. T / F

3. The man walked around inside his house. T / F

4. The man had never fought in a war. T / F

5. People want the Queen to thank him. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. to / raise / Captain Tom Moore / £1000 / wanted

2. raise / to / by walking / wanted / He / the money

3. viral / His / goal / went / online

4. need / help / extra / They

5. now / attention / getting / Captain Moore / been / has

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

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Workers Thanked Extra
Been Health Finish

A 99-year-old man has raised more than £26 million ($32m) for the British (1)__________ service. Captain Tom Moore wanted to raise £1000. He wanted to raise the money by walking around his garden 100 times. He wanted to (2)_________ the walk before his 100th birthday. His 100th birthday is on April 30.

Captain Tom Moore is a world war 2 veteran. His goal went viral online. Now he has raised a massive £26 million. He is raising money to help the health service and (3)___________. They need (4)_________ help because of the coronavirus.

Captain Moore has now (5)_________ getting attention from all over the world. He is very happy about how much money he has raised. Many British people want him to be (6)___________ by the Queen.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have there been any inspirational stories like this in your country?
5. How is the health service in your country handling the Covid-19 pandemic?
6. Do you think the British government has failed with funding for the health service if a private citizen has to raise money for it?
7. What other groups should be supported during this crisis?
8. Have you felt taken care of during this time of Covid-19?
9. Have any special events been held in your country to raise money?
10. Have you had to do anything to help friends, family or strangers during this time?
11. What would help you most during this time?
12. Do you know any health care workers dealing with the coronavirus?
13. Who do you think deserves the biggest thank you right now?
14. Should healthcare workers or others receive any extra compensation when this is over?
15. Have you ever raised money for charity?
16. What is the highest honour a citizen can get in your country?
17. Do you think the Queen should give Captain Moore a knighthood?
18. Do you know other famous people who have knighthoods?
19. Does the leader of your country recognise people who have done exceptional things?
20. Do you think healthcare workers in your country get paid enough?