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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 by walking around his garden 100 times. He wanted to walk around his garden 100 times to raise money and celebrate his 100th birthday on April 30. His charity attempt went viral online and people from all over the UK started to donate their money.

Captain Tom Moore is a World War II veteran. Despite only wanting to raise £1000, he has now raised a massive £26 million and counting. He is raising money to help the health service and workers. They need extra help because of Covid-19. He wants to help the NHS charities which provide extra care for people. They provide things like special days for children with cancer.

Captain Moore has now been getting attention from all over the world. He is incredibly happy about how much money he has raised. Many British people want him to be officially thanked by the government and the Queen. A petition was made asking the Queen to give him a knighthood, it has over 840,000 signatures so far.

Difficult Words

Attempt (v): To try to do something.

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

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

Petition (n): A document signed by people who want something to change.

Knighthood (n): A title given to a person who does something special which makes them a knight.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Attempt  A. Becoming a knight.
 2. Viral  B. Soldier
 3. Veteran  C. Signature document.
 4. Petition  D. Popular
 5. Knighthood  E. Try

True or False?

1. A teenager raised millions for charity. T / F

2. The man’s first goal was always to raise £1 million. T / F

3.  Captain Moore fought in World War II. T / F

4. He is raising money for himself.  T / F

5. People want him to become a knight. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. raise / to / CaptainTomMoore / wanted / by / walking / £1000

2. to / He wanted / his / around / times. / garden / walk / 100

3. online / viral / went / His / attempt / charity

4. help / to / He / money / health service / the / is raising

5. need / extra / help / They / Covid-19 / of / because

Listening and Vocabulary

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Incredibly Massive Health
Celebrate Government Special

A 99-year-old man has raised more than £26 million ($32m) for the British (1)________ service. Captain Tom Moore wanted to raise £1000 by walking around his garden 100 times. He wanted to walk around his garden 100 times to raise money and (2)____________ his 100th birthday on April 30. His charity attempt went viral online and people from all over the UK started to donate their money.

Captain Tom Moore is a World War II veteran. Despite only wanting to raise £1000, he has now raised a (3)___________ £26 million and counting. He is raising money to help the health service and workers. They need extra help because of Covid-19. He wants to help the NHS charities which provide extra care for people. They provide things like (4)__________ days for children with cancer.

Captain Moore has now been getting attention from all over the world. He is (5)___________ happy about how much money he has raised. Many British people want him to be officially thanked by the (6)______________ and the Queen. A petition was made asking the Queen to give him a knighthood, it has over 840,000 signatures so far.

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?