Renowned interior designer, Simrin Choudhrie, has earned applauses for her entrepreneurship, philanthropy and humanitarian work. Born and brought up with all the privileges around, Simrin goes out of her way to help out the lesser privileged.
She believes to really help a community; a person needs to actually feel their plight and this thought motivated her to be a part of the hit reality TV show Secret Millionaire and ended up donating one of the highest amounts in the programme’s history to a Sheffield charity.
Simrin appeared as an impoverished mum-to-be on the show and changed the lives of people at St. Wilfrid’s Centre for the vulnerable and socially excluded. Even director Kevin Bradley was awed to realise the woman he was instructing was a millionaire interior designer.
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.
Pleasantly surprised, Kevin said: “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.”
Kevin said Simrin’s involvement was more than just charity as 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.”
Simrin gave birth to a son in February - a little boy she has named Kabir Bhanu Wilfrid Choudhrie.
“That’s how much she loves the place - she wanted to name her son after us!” Kevin said.
Sharing his delight for having met Simrin, he added:
“We have made a friend for life in Simrin, and that’s a wonderful thing.”