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Ariana Grade visits injured fans at Royal Manchester children's hospital
Wounded children shared pictures with the singer on social media at the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital, just hours after she returned to the United Kingdom yesterday.
Peter Mann, the father of Jaden, a young girl struck in the attack, posted several heartwarming pictures of Grande and his 10-year-old daughter on Facebook, and beamed over the 23-year-old in a touching post.
“This means more to us than all the amazing things people have done this week,” he wrote. “When your daughter asks after her 2nd operation: ‘Is Ariana OK?’ So happy she came i could burst! Never seen Jaden so happy! Even cried again myself.”
Jaden, who suffered fractures to both her legs and shrapnel wounds, wrote on Twitter: “I got to meet my queen today. Love you Ariana Grande.”
Ariana Grande surprised injured fans with a visit to their hospital beds
Grande posed for photographs with wounded fans and nurses at the Manchester hospital
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Grande shares touching Instagram post from Manchester hospital
So happy she came I could burst
Peter Mann, father of injured Manchester terror attack victim
The star followed by sharing a a photograph of herself and Jaden on Instagram to her 107 million followers, simply captioned with a yellow heart.
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In the first hour alone, the image garnered over 900,000 likes with many of Grande’s fans commending their idol for being an “amazing human”.
The Dangerous Woman hitmaker was also pictured with nurses and dozens of other patients, including 14-year-old Evie Mills, who was visited by the Queen at the same hospital just days after the attack.
Grande arrived in the UK on Friday morning ahead of the One Love Manchester concert she launched to raise money for the victims’ families, which will take place at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground tomorrow.
She’ll be joined by fellow musical heavyweights such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Take That and Miley Cyrus.
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Grande to perform at One Love Manchester concert tomorrow
Grande announced that she would be returning to the city in a heartfelt statement shared on her Twitter profile on Friday following last Monday’s horrific bombing, which saw 22 innocent concert-goers killed and a further 119 injured.
The singer – who said that she was “broken” immediately after the attack, but then stayed quiet until she release a statement vowing to perform a special concert – sent her “deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones”.
Grande shared: “My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones. There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.
Grande postponed the European leg of her Dangerous Woman tour following the blast
“However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way. The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out."
She continued: “I have been thinking of my fans, and of you all, non stop over the past week. The way you have handled all of this has been more inspiring and made me more proud than you'll ever know.
“The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you've shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday. You are the opposite."
The One Love Manchester benefit concert will be aired live tomorrow from 6.55pm on BBC One.