THREE projects across South Yorkshire are counting their windfalls after being visited by a Secret Millionaire from the hit TV show – who injected a whopping £240,000 into good causes.
The Rainbow’s End project in Burngreave – which provides a haven and training for unemployed people, asylum seekers and refugees – landed the biggest donation, with a cheque for £103,000 from wealthy businesswoman Simrin Choudhrie.
The St Wilfrid’s Centre for the vulnerable and socially-excluded also picked up a massive £100,000, which will be released over the next four years to support their work through a drop-in centre and various skills workshops.
The Lost Chord charity, which provides professional and interactive musical sessions for dementia sufferers in care homes and day centres, has also received a donation of £37,000.
The cash will allow them to visit 25 further care homes during this year.
The show, which featured emotional scenes when Simrin’s true identity was revealed, aired on Channel 4 last night.
Viewers saw the 29-year-old – married to former Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Bhanu, who is director of investment firm C&C Alpha Group – pretending to be an impoverished mother-to-be living in a flat in Pitsmoor, making a show called Mum’s The Word.
She volunteered at the St Wilfrid’s Centre – helping out in the kitchen and in their wood workshops – and attended a musical session with Lost Chord at Loxley Court care home in Pitsmoor.
Simrin, who has since given birth to a baby son called Kabir whose third name is Wilfrid after the centre which made such an impression, also spent some time helping with the work of Rainbow’s End who were ‘thrilled’ to have her as a guest.
Manager Yvonne Hayes, a Church Army evangelist, said: “We are amazed and thrilled.
“When Simrin revealed her true identity and the amount she was going to give to us, I just couldn’t speak.”
Kevin Bradley, director of St Wilfrid’s, added: “What Simrin has done for St Wilfrid’s is mind-blowing.”