Pop superstar Rihanna donated $1.75 million of her wealth in memory of her late grandmother this week to help a hospital in her home country of Barbados.
The money donated by Rihanna will be used to buy necessary medical equipment for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. In a statement to E! Online, Rihanna admitted that she’s glad the money will be put to good use in her native homeland.
“This was my way of giving back to Barbados,” said Rihanna, “in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program … 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.”
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital also gave back to Rihanna and her family when they changed the name of the radiotherapy unit to the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine in honor of the singer’s grandmother who passed away of breast cancer in June.
Rihanna also honored her grandmother’s legacy with a tattoo on her chest.
In June, after the death of her grandmother, Rihanna took to Twitter to share her feelings. “Goodbye #grangranDOLLY,” tweeted the singer, “get your beauty rest until I see you.”