Ariana Grande has paid a surprise hospital visit to some of the young girls seriously injured in last week’s Manchester terror attack. Jaden Farrell-Mann, from Denton, suffered fractures to both of her legs and shrapnel wounds during the explosion that killed 22 people in Manchester Arena. On Friday night the American popstar surprised Jaden, Evie Mills, 14 years old, who suffered damage to her legs and chest in the attack and eight years old victim Lily Harrison at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
She brought the children presents and signed autographs during her ward visit. Jaden was one of at least 119 people injured when suicide attacker Salman Abedi detonated a device packed with shrapnel in the Manchester Arena foyer as people were leaving Miss Grande’s gig. After the visit from her hero, a schoolgirl tweeted ‘I got to meet my queen today. Love you Ariana Grande.’ Jaden’s mother Sharon said ‘Jaden was just sat there watching TV and she walked in. She was absolutely amazed. It was a complete surprise. She has a big smile anyway but it got even bigger, Ariana gave her a hug and a kiss, she was in awe. It was absolutely fantastic to see, she was so happy.’
Her father Peter Mann said ‘This means more to us than all the amazing things people have done this week. So happy she came I could burst. Never seen Jaden so happy, even cried again myself.’
Miss Grande tweeted that she was ‘broken’ and ‘so so sorry’ after terror attack. The 23 years old is now back in Manchester to perform at One Love benefit concert. The American superstar will headline the show at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground this Sunday, which aims to raise millions for those injured. The line-up includes Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, One Direction star Niall Horan, Take That and Usher.
Some 600 stewards will be on duty at Sunday’s Ariana Grande benefit concert, according to Greater Manchester’s police chief, who told security on leaving music events and football matches would have to be reviewed. It has been reported that survivors of the bombing will join Miss Grande on stage at gig. It is understood pupils from a local primary school, who were at the Manchester Arena gig, will sing with Miss Grande during her set. Twenty four students from Parrs Wood High School’s Harmony Choir have been chosen to sing with Grande and teacher Daniel McDwyer 24 years old said he was ‘so proud’ the children would be involved. Tickets for Sunday’s concert went on sale at 10 Am yesterday and sold out in just six minutes.