“True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.”
The quote above signifies the true motive behind Simrin Choudhrie. Interior designer by profession and philanthropist by choice, Simrin has always continually added to the benefit of society. Brought up in a wealthy family, she has always believed in undertaking path breaking work for the underprivileged section of society and now is a trustee to various charity organisations.
Simrin has always believed in the idea of spending time amid the needy to understand their issues and attend to them innately. This was one of the reasons which led her to feature on the famous reality TV show “Secret Millionaire” where millionaires are supposed to stay incognito at poverty stricken areas to understand the plight unprivileged live through. Simrin stayed disguised as an impoverished pregnant woman at St. Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable and socially excluded. Her innate love for the people she stayed with and their major concerns pushed her to sign the biggest amount of charity ever received on the show.
On getting to know who she actually is, everybody at the centre including director Kevin Bradley was taken aback. He stated: “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.”
She got so attached and drawn towards the people that it pushed her to sign the biggest donation cheque ever received on the show.
“The money she has pledged will make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Sheffield.”
According to Kevin, the bond now formed between Simrin and others extends more than charity; it’s a relationship 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 has equal love and regard for Wilfrid, which became evident when she named her son Kabir Bhanu Wilfrid Choudhrie.
“That’s how much she loves the place - she wanted to name her son after us!” Kevin said.