Rihanna donates $1.75 million to Barbados hospital

Posted at 4:47 PM, Dec 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-24 16:47:24-05

(CNN) — Rihanna has opened her heart and her wallet this holiday season with a $1million-plus donation to a hospital in her native Barbados.

According to E! News, the “Diamonds” singer gave $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown in honor of her late grandmother, Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, whom Rihanna called “Gran Gran Dolly.”

“This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program,” Rihanna said in a statement to E!. “I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives, or at least extend them.”

With the 24-year-old’s donation, the hospital’s radiotherapy department has been able to purchase some needed medical equipment. It is now called the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine in memory of Rihanna’s grandmother, who passed away in June.

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