Ariana Grande gives Christmas gifts to children in Manchester hospitals

The American singer has maintained a close relationship with the city of Manchester since the Arena bombing in 2017

Ariana Grande organised the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the families of the victims of the Manchester terror attack at Emirates Old Trafford. AFP.
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Ariana Grande has donated Christmas presents to children in a number of hospitals across Manchester in north-west England, having developed a relationship with the city following the terrorist attack there five years ago.

The 29-year-old American singer’s performance was ending at Manchester Arena in May 2017 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people.

In a tweet on Boxing Day, the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity said Grande had given gifts for children and young people spending Christmas in Manchester’s hospitals.

The charity said: “Thank you Ariana!

“We were so excited to receive Christmas gifts for young patients across our hospitals from Ariana Grande.

“The presents were distributed to babies, children and teenagers at @RMCHosp, @TraffordHosp, @WythenshaweHosp and @NorthMcrGH_NHS.”

The gifts from the One Last Time singer were shared among youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Trafford Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital, the charity said.

Grande has maintained a close relationship with Manchester since the 2017 terror attack and has spoken openly about struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety as a result of the attack.

Following the blast, the singer tweeted: “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

Grande returned to the city in June 2017 after organising the One Love charity concert.

The fundraising event at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground also featured performances from a host of famous acts including Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.

The singer reportedly donated gifts to Manchester’s hospital patients in December 2020.

It was said that Grande and Dalton Gomez, who is now her husband, sent gifts and Amazon vouchers to patients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

In the same year, the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles said on Instagram the couple had sent gifts to its young patients.

Updated: December 30, 2022, 1:06 AM