Tony Bloom, esteemed and beloved chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., has more to his sleeves than what people assume. Apart from being a businessman and successful investor, he has likewise put considerable amount of time in his charitable ventures namely the Bloom Foundation and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
First known as the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, the Bloom Foundation was founded by five trustees: Tony, his wife Linda, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. Its charitable objects state its goals and efforts in “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”
The foundation has successfully made grants to various institutions, causes and projects aimed at fighting poverty and its effects in Europe and the developing countries of Asia and Africa since 2011.
The OMS Foundation which stands for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis was an effort began by Tony’s wife Linda who suffered from the condition some 15 years ago. Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. It chiefly disrupts the flow of information in the brain and between it and the rest of the body causing failure in several bodily functions, the first oftentimes being movement and vision.
It’s quite a rare disease too without an absolute known cure or cause. It occurs in relapses with frequency, timing and symptoms that varies from one patient to another making it particularly difficult to diagnose and treat. It’s most common signs would often include a combination of vision problems, balance issues, stuttering and speech difficulty, dizziness, fatigue, vertigo, muscle stiffness, spasms, bladder issues, emotional instability, depression and memory incapacity among others.
Both Linda and Tony Bloom has set up the foundation in the hopes of helping patients take control of their condition and guide them in making better informed decisions and lifestyle changes. Linda has fortunately gotten back in shape from someone who could not lift a pen to regaining her strength. The OMS Foundation wishes to do the same to others.