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Session 139

A 99-year-old British man has raised millions to donate to the UK’s National Health Service to help fight the coronavirus. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this heart-warming story.

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News Review

Coronavirus: 99-year-old man raises millions

A 99-year-old British man has raised millions to donate to the UK’s National Health Service to help fight the coronavirus. People have been sponsoring him to walk up and down his back garden. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this heart-warming story.

 

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The story

When Captain Moore started his fundraising effort last month, he initially wanted to thank the staff who treated him for cancer and a broken hip. But as the virus spread around the world, so too did generosity for those working in crowded hospitals. Each time the fundraising goal was met, it was increased. Mr Moore has now walked the one hundred laps of his 25m garden – ten laps each day, allowing time to recover before another effort. And he says he will keep walking as long as people keep donating.

Key words and phrases

fundraiser
event organised to raise money 

  • Have you donated to Gustavo’s fundraiser? He’s running a marathon for a cancer charity.
  • The dinner’s a fundraiser for the party ahead of the general election.

uplifting
making people feel happier

  • That film about the dog that rescued its owner was so uplifting.
  • At times of crisis, people want uplifting stories to make them feel better.

vet
person who used to be in the armed forces 

  • There are hundreds of Hollywood films about the struggles of Vietnam vets.
  • You can see vets in their uniforms at war memorial services around the world.

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