Before taking the stage at the “One Love Manchester” charity concert, Ariana Grande made a stop at a local children’s hospital to visit with fans injured in the terrorist bombing at her show on May 22.
The pop star surprised patients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 2 with teddy bears in tow. Grande captured a couple of heartfelt meetings on Instagram.
Her fans and their families couldn’t hold back their excitement. “Tonight’s visit from Ariana Grande was amazing. Just the lift all the kids (and parents) needed! What an absolute angel,” tweeted Lauren Thorpe, whose eight-year-old daughter Lily is recovering from surgery to remove shrapnel from her back.
— Lauren Thorpe (@LaurenEveThorpe) June 2, 2017
Thorpe, who is recovering from surgery herself due to a deep wound in her leg, expanded on her adulation for Grande in an interview with CNN.
“Ariana brought everyone a sunflower and a teddy bear. It was unbelievable,” she said, adding, “She knelt by her and sat on her bed with her and told her ‘I’m so proud of you, you are so strong and doing really well’.”
Peter Mann shared pictures of Grande’s visit with his daughter Jaden on his Facebook page, while Jaden took to Twitter saying “I got to meet my queen today…love you Ariana Grande.”
— jaden farrell mann (@dustyblu10) June 2, 2017
One Love Manchester
“One Love Manchester” (the brain-child of Grande), was, not surprisingly, a massive hit.
Musicians from an array of genres (many of whom lent support to their colleague and the victims in the wake of the attack at Manchester Arena), joined Grande for the memorable event, which raised over $12 million for the the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.”
Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and Coldplay were among the acts who took the stage throughout the night, but it was Grande’s rendition of “My Everything” with a local high school choir that had concert goers shedding tears.
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