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Captain Tom Moore, a British World War II veteran, created a JustGiving page to raise money for the British health service. He wanted to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together by walking around his garden 100 times. He wanted to complete 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30, he completed his goal on April 16.

While his charity objective started out small, it soon gained the attention of the British media and public. He has raised millions every day with the current total standing at an incredible £26 million ($32m) and counting. Captain Moore has received support from people around the UK who are looking for a positive aspect to the current coronavirus situation. Captain Moore received a video message and donation from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as requests for interviews from media around the world.

Captain Moore wanted to raise money to thank NHS workers who helped him with his cancer treatment. His walk in support of NHS workers comes at a time when healthcare workers around the world are under extreme pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although Captain Moore’s contributions have been lauded around the world, some have questioned why his efforts are needed. The UK government has come under criticism for their lack of support for the NHS in recent years. Critics have argued that Captain Moore would not need to have raised money if the health service was properly funded in the first place.

There have been floods of gratitude from across the UK towards Captain Moore. There have been calls for the government and the Queen to honour him. A petition was set up calling for Captain Moore to be knighted by the Queen, one of the highest honours available in the UK. The petition currently has over 840,000 signatures. If he were knighted, he would be known as Sir Tom Moore for the rest of his life. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is looking at how best to acknowledge Captain Moore’s “heroic efforts”.

Difficult words

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

Lap (n): One trip around a space, usually a racetrack for runners or racecars.

Objective (n): A goal.

Standing (n): The status of something.

Pandemic (n): An outbreak of disease around a country or the world.

Contribution (n): Give a needed gift or payment.

Laud (v): Praised or given compliments.

Petition (n): A document full of signatures of people who want the same change to happen.

Knighted (v): For the Queen of the UK to make someone a knight because they did something special.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

1. Veteran A. Goal
2. Lap B. Disease
3. Objective C. Status
4. Standing D. Signatures
5. Pandemic E. Become a knight.
6. Contribution F. Soldier
7. Laud G. Donation
8. Petition H. Praise
9. Knighted I. Go around a track.

True or False?

1. Captain Moore is an American World War II veteran. T / F

2. He raised money to pay for his health problems. T / F

3. Captain Moore wanted to reach his goal by his 100th birthday. T / F

4. Captain Moore’s first goal was £1 million. T / F

5. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donated to Captain Moore’s cause. T / F

6. Many media outlets have requested an interview with Captain Moore. T / F

7.  Captain Moore has fortunately never had cancer. T / F

8.  Healthcare workers have not been under a lot of pressure recently. T / F

9. The UK government has faced criticism. T / F

10. Although his actions have been great, most people don’t think Captain Moore should be knighted. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. 100 laps / of / 100th birthday / to / complete / his / He / garden before / wanted / his

2. from / UK / the / people / around / has / Captain Moore / received / support

3. workers / raise / Captain Moore / to / NHS / wanted / thank / to / money

4. under / The / has / come / UK / government / criticism

5. the / from / There / floods / been / have / across / UK / gratitude / of

Listening and Vocabulary

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Captain Tom Moore, a British World War II veteran, created a JustGiving (1)_______ to raise money for the British health service. He wanted to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together by walking around his (2)__________ 100 times. He wanted to complete 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30, he completed his goal on April 16.

While his charity objective started out small, it soon gained the attention of the British media and public. He has raised (3)___________ every day with the current total standing at an incredible £26 million and counting ($32m). Captain Moore has received support from people around the UK who are looking for a positive aspect to the current coronavirus situation. Captain Moore received a video message and donation from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as (4)_____________ for interviews from media around the world.

Captain Moore wanted to raise money to thank NHS workers who helped him with his cancer (5)_____________. His walk in support of NHS workers comes at a time when healthcare workers around the world are under extreme (6)___________ due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although Captain Moore’s contributions have been lauded around the world, some have questioned why his efforts are needed. The UK government has come under criticism for their lack of support for the NHS in recent years. Critics have (7)___________ that Captain Moore would not need to have raised money if the health service was properly funded in the first place.

There have been floods of (8)____________ from across the UK towards Captain Moore. There have been calls for the government and the Queen to honour him. A petition was set up calling for Captain Moore to be knighted by the Queen, one of the highest honours available in the UK. The petition (9)_____________ has over 840,000 signatures. If he were knighted, he would be known as Sir Tom Moore for the rest of his life. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is looking at how best to acknowledge Captain Moore’s “heroic efforts”.

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?