Business and football aside, Tony Bloom is a passionate philanthropist too. He has built and co-founded two foundations each with their own goals and advocacies namely the OMS Foundation and the Bloom Foundation. Today, we get to know the tow.
The OMS Foundation, which stands for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, was founded by Tony’s wife Linda, an Australian-born psychologist. He is a massive supporter and a fellow trustee of the charitable institution that seeks to help patients with the condition make better informed decisions and improve their way of lives to take the disease under control and not the other way around.
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, is a degenerative condition that targets the central nervous system. A rare disease, it affects only 0.035% of the entire world’s population with only 100,000 cases recorded in the UK alone. Based on statistics, it affects more women than men, aged 20 to 40 who live in cold regions and climates.
Although studies have been done regarding MS, no definite cause or cure has been found making it particularly difficult to treat. Moreover, its signs and symptoms which includes dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, balance problems, bladder issues, muscle stiffness, spasms, slurring, speaking problems, emotional instability and depression to name a few are unique per patient. Their combination, frequency and gravity can vary from one person to the nest. Plus, they occur in relapses. In order to raise awareness and funds for the charity, Tony ran the Brighton marathon twice, first during its inaugural run in 2011 and another in 2015.
Initially the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, the Bloom Foundation was founded in 2011 with four other trustees namely Linda Bloom, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks. With headquarters in London and income from voluntary pledges, donations and investments, it seeks to fight poverty and its effects. Its target areas include the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the developing nations of Africa and Asia.
As stated in its charitable objects, their cause focuses on “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.” On that light, the foundation, led by Tony Bloom himself, has since offered and made grants to causes, projects and similar organizations with the same objectives.