Recognised as a successful interior designer, Simrin Choudhrie is a celebrated philanthropist as well. Connecting with the world with a zest for helping the unprivileged, Simrin has always tried to break the shackles and work outside her limits to help them. Her ideology is that until you spend time amid those who require help, you will not be able to form a loving relationship with them.
The idea of contributing towards the society as a responsible citizen, Simrin signed up for the hit reality TV show “Secret Millionaire”, and stayed at the St. Wilfrid’s Centre with vulnerable and socially excluded people, acting as an impoverished, pregnant lady. After getting to know her real identity, everybody including the director Kevin Bradley was in a state of shock. After everyone on the centre on Queens Road knew her identity, she promised the six-figure sum to be donated over the next five years.
Simrin ended up donating the biggest amount ever received on the show to the charity house.
Kevin exclaimed, “What she has done for St Wilfrid’s is absolutely mind-blowing.
“When she revealed who she was it just felt surreal - things like that don’t happen in real life, or so you think.
“The money she has pledged will make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Sheffield.”
Simrin’s involvement was more than just charity as she got really attached to the people and the staff and clients had gotten an amazing human being as a friend for life.
“She is such a lovely girl,” Kevin said. “You would never know where she came from - there was nothing pretentious about her.
“At different points I did start to think there was something a little mysterious about her,” Kevin said. “But I could never really get to the bottom of it.
“When the time came for her to reveal herself to me I’d convinced myself I was being silly - so I was certainly shocked when she told me she was millionaire!
“She was really upset - crying that she felt like she had been deceitful towards me - and she said she felt bad because she had come to see me as a kind of father figure.
“Everybody was crying when she came out with the news, we just couldn’t believe it. It was a very emotional day.”
She was so much attached to the foundation that she has named her baby boy Kabir Bhanu Wilfrid Choudhrie.
“That’s how much she loves the place - she wanted to name her son after us!” Kevin said.
Sharing his happiness on having met Simrin, he added:
“We have made a friend for life in Simrin, and that’s a wonderful thing.”