Ariana Grande surprised fans in hospital ahead of benefit concert

Pop star Ariana Grande surprised young fans injured in the Manchester Arena attack, hugging the thrilled little girls in their hospital beds as they recovered from injuries sustained in the May 22 suicide bombing. She surprised her fans at a hospital in Manchester ahead of the benefit concert on Sunday.

"Ariana brought everyone a sunflower and a teddy bear", Lauren Thorpe, the mother of 8-year-old Lily, told CNN.

After the concert, all the money and profits will go toward the "We Love Manchester Emergency Fund," in cooperation with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council.

Thorpe's eight-year-old daughter, Lily, suffered a shrapnel wound in her back and is now recovering from surgery.

The attack at Manchester Arena following the singer's concert on May 22 left 22 people dead and dozens injured, many of them children who had come to see their favourite singer perform. "Lily's hands were shaking and she was really giddy with excitement when the nurses said that she was coming, but Ariana was absolutely brilliant".

Grande shared a photo on Instagram with one of the children, using a heart as a caption. Taking the stage will be Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, among other stars.

"The Universal Music Group global family is proud to stand with Ariana Grande and its other performing artists in their support for the victims and families affected by the Manchester attack".

She visited 10-year-old Jaden Farrell Mann, who tweeted she got to "meet my queen today".

  • Zachary Reyes