Rihanna donates $1.75mn to Barbados hospital

Los Angeles: Singer Rihanna has donated $1.75 million to a Barbados hospital in memory of her late grandmother Dolly.

Rihanna was devastated when her grandmother Clara `Dolly` Braithwaite lost her cancer battle in June 2012.

She visited the radiotherapy department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Bridgetown, which is to be renamed the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, Saturday.

Rihanna was there with her mother Monica Fenty and Dolly`s husband Lionel to make the donation.

"This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernisation programme... 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," Rihanna told eonline.com.

The 24-year-old is spending Christmas in her native Barbados with her family. She was recently spotted supporting local businesses by picking up trinkets in a number of small shops on the Caribbean island.

She was mobbed by locals as she browsed boutiques in Bridgetown.