A woman who has always worked hard for the betterment of people and uplifted the underprivileged, Simrin Choudhrie is benevolence personified. An interior designer by profession, she has always tried to decorate the lives of people who have given up hope. Currently Mrs. Choudhrie is an integral part of charity organisations such as Mane Chance Sanctuary, a Guildford organization which is a home for abandoned and abused horses, and Path to Success, a UK based charity house.
Simrin believes that it is only after spending time with people one can instil feelings of companionship and attachment towards them. This inspired her to appear on the hit reality TV show Secret Millionaire where she stayed incognito at St. Wilfrid’s Centre for vulnerable and socially excluded, disguised as an impoverished & pregnant woman.
Stirred emotionally by the people and their condition at Wilfrid, Simrin ended up signing the biggest amount of donation ever received on the show.
After knowing who she 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.”
“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 a 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 immense love 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.