When “Secret Millionaire” Simrin Choudhrie Redefined the Notion of Philanthropy

Donation and charity work in today’s time are done primarily for two reasons – either for betterment of unprivileged section or just to earn approval from the society. And then there are people like Simrin Choudhrie who believe in residing amid the needy to understand their issues innately, and help them accordingly. Hailing from a well-off family, Simrin is a renowned philanthropist and a celebrated interior designer. She has not left any stone unturned when it comes to help people.

simrin choudhrie - Creative Director of Bach Interiors Ltd

To do something extraordinary, she decided to feature on one of the episodes of the hit reality TV show “Secret Millionaire” where she signed the cheque for biggest amount of donation ever received on the show. For the episode, she resided at the St. Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable and socially excluded, masquerading as a pregnant, impoverished woman. She was deeply attached to the people she resided with and was touched by their problems and shortcomings, which led her to sign a 6 digit donation for the people at this Sheffield Charity.

On the revelation of her identity, everyone 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 Choudhrie 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.

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Author: Simrin Choudhrie

Simrin Choudhrie, director of Path to Success, studied at the Inchbald School of design and is now Director and Shareholder of Bach Interiors Limited. Simrin has been a Trustee for Path to Success since its conception, as well as this she has involvement in several other charitable institutes. Simrin’s philanthropy was honoured in November 2012 when she was presented with the GG2 Social Entrepreneur of the year award.

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