Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw has given a concert at the Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Lund, Sweden.
The concert was for all the patients at the hospital, which was opened in 2001, and members of the public were also welcome to attend the event.
It’s not the first time Måns has performed for the sick children of Lund. Back in 2006, he sang at the hospital following his victory in the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing and his starring role as Danny Zuko in a production of Grease.
Neither is he the only Swedish star, or Melodifestivalen winner, to perform at the hospital. Sanna Nielsen has also sung there for an audience of sick children.
For the hospital’s manager and spokesperson, Ann Elmqvist Fridh, meeting their favorite performers is valuable for her young patients.
It’s a chance for them to see their idols are human beings like them, she says. Being in hospital is tough. But getting to meet someone famous gives the kids a real energy boost. Some of them talked to Måns and even got a hug from him. It’s the sort of memory you keep for a long time.
His performance at Lund Children’s Hospital is part of Måns Zelmerlöw’s larger commitment to charity, and in particular, to charities helping children. He is co-founder and chairman of the Z&B Foundation, a charity set-up to provide opportunities for young people in deprived areas of Africa.