A dedicated philanthropist and a talented interior designer, Simrin Choudhrie has always worked to uplift the challenged sections of society and be the change infuser she wished to see in the world. Over the years she has continually added to the betterment of society, and now is a trustee of various charity organizations including Anita Choudhrie’s ‘Path to Success’ and Mane Chance Sanctuary, a Guildford organization which is a home for abandoned and abused horses.
Simrin always believed in the idea of spending quality time amongst those who are in need, to understand their problems and address them efficiently. This was one of the reasons that led her to feature on the hit reality TV show “Secret Millionaire” where wealthy people were made to stay incognito at poverty stricken areas to understand their plight. Simrin appeared as an impoverished, pregnant woman at St. Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable and socially excluded. She was moved by the people she stayed with and ended up signing the biggest amount of charity ever received on the show.
After knowing who she really is, everybody at the centre including director Kevin Bradley was surprised. 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.