Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.’s current and esteemed chairman, Tony Bloom, has more to him than just his business and football accomplishments. The man has given quite a lot of time and attention to various charitable causes and endeavors two of which focus on poverty and multiple sclerosis.
In 2011, he built the then called “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” and now the “Bloom Foundation” together with four other trustees: his wife Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester.
The foundation supports activities, causes and organizations that support health, education and training, livelihood and employment, food, water, safety, famine relief, overseas aide and community development to name a few. Its main goal is to finally minimize if not eliminate poverty and its effects. In fact, its charitable objects state:
“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.”
Tony Bloom is likewise a supporter and trustee to another organization called OMS or the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation which was set up by his wife Linda.
About fifteen or so years ago, Linda was diagnosed with the debilitating disease that left her unable to do so much as lift a pen or get up from a couch. Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that targets the central nervous system disrupting the flow of information between it and the other parts of the body causing a number of symptoms that are often associated with incapacity. To name some we have vision or blindness problems, muscle spasms, numbness, paralysis, vertigo, memory issues, depression, bladder and speaking troubles to name some.
OMS focuses on helping patients make informed decisions and change their lifestyles to better their condition and fight the symptoms and effects of MS, which up until this day has no definite cause or cure.
Tony Bloom has supported both the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the Bloom Foundation for years now which made him earn the respect of many, football fanatic or not.