Business owner and infamous investor Anthony Grant ‘Tony’ Bloom has set up quite a name for himself with his numerous achievements and contributions. But apart from being a well-known business magnate and the chairman to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, the man has set up and help founded two charitable organizations namely the Bloom Foundation and the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Known previously as the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust, the charity offers and makes grants to certain organizations and causes with similar purposes and objectives. It aims for “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” as mentioned in its charitable objects.
Together with Tony, the remaining trustees include his wife Linda, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester.
As mentioned, the charity’s chief objective is the relief and prevention of poverty, specifically in the United Kingdom, in other parts of Europe and the developing countries in Africa and Asia.
OVERCOMING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION
Linda Bloom, Tony’s wife founded the OMS foundation with him after having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was fifteen years ago when she suffered from immobility and limb numbness due to the degenerative condition that affects the flow of information between the central nervous system and the body. She could not sit up on her own nor lift a pen. Tony recalls it as an agony. It was hard for him to see his wife suffer so much but thanks to proper diet, adequate exercise, self hypnosis, meditation yoga and an evidence based diet and lifestyle approach developed by Professor George Jelinek, she got her condition under control.
Multiple Sclerosis is unfortunately a disease that has no known absolute cause and cure. Most patients never really get cured from it rather they learn how to live with it without having to severely disturb their usual lifestyle. The foundation aims to spread awareness and guidance to other patients and help them make guided decisions to better their conditions.
In 2011 and 2015, Tony Bloom ran the Brighton marathon to spread awareness and funds for the cause.