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Tony Bloom and His Family’s Football Heritage

September 14th, 2016

tony-bloom-brighton-hove-albionTony Bloom, born as Anthony Grant, did not simply become Brighton and Hove Albion F. C.’s chairman out of sheer passion. It happens to run in his very veins. It’s somehow written in his blood and as destiny would have it, he became beloved among fans of the sport and the team for all the contributions he has put in even before he succeeded the post.

His football legacy stems deep and it runs in the family. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane shall we?

In 1970, Tony was born in Brighton, a seaside resort town in England nicknamed as “London by the Sea” for its brassy beach front and beautiful piers. At the time, the Blooms were already known to be massive supporters of the club, investing not only time and emotions but also finances.

In the same decade, Harry Bloom, Tony’s grandfather and a well-known hotelier and motor trader, was vice chairman to Mike Bamber. He held the post for seven years. It was during his time when the Brighton and Hove Football Club aka the Seagulls rose from the old Third to the First Division.

According to former English football player and manager, Alan Mullery, Harry served as a great arbiter to him and flamboyant chairman Mike Bamber, ensuring that everything is kept professional and within bounds. He was the best buffer that held things in place and kept the friction out. Moreover, he helped bring Brian Clough and Peter Taylor to the club from Derby.

In October of 1980 while on the way to a game at Stoke, Harry suffered from a heart attack on the team coach. It was surely a shock for the entire team and club but the family noted that it was perhaps not a bad way to go considering that he was still doing something he so passionately loved.

The youngest of Harry Bloom’s four sons, Ray was the second generation to fill a significant post in the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. He sat as one of the board of directors in the 1984 and held a minority share for the past 24 years. After finishing his nine year stint at Worthing as managing director, he resigned the post to join the Seagull’s club.

Tony Bloom was the son of Ray’s older brother Ronnie. He is the third generation in the family who has been with the Seagulls. To say that his achievements as its chairman since 2009 are magnanimous would be pretty understated. He certainly did his family proud.

The Charitable Foundations Built by Business Magnate Tony Bloom

August 23rd, 2016

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.


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.

Get to Know Some of the World’s Philanthropic Athletes

July 13th, 2016

david beckhamTo be philanthropic according to the dictionary means to be charitable, generous and devoted to helping people. We’ve come to know many actors, singers and celebrities who have done their fair share of generosity. Athletes are no different too. Take a look at this list.

  • Douglas Richard Flutie (American Football)

Doug is a former quarterback in the NFL, CFL and USFL who first gained prominence during his stint at Boston College where he was awarded the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Married to Laurie his high school sweetheart, he had two children Alexa and Doug Jr. The little boy was diagnosed with autism at an early age which prompted the athlete and his family to eventually set up the “Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Incorporated” who aims to help not only the afflicted patients but their families as well.

  • David Robert Joseph Beckham (Football)

Beckham is no doubt famous for his athletic achievements but even so for his many philanthropic works. A former professional footballer, he retired after twenty years in his career during which he has amassed nineteen major trophies. He has played for Manchester United, the England national team, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and LA Galaxy. Together with his wife Victoria, they established the “Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust”. David is also a UNICEF ambassador and a founding member of the “Malaria No More UK Leadership Council”. He likewise supports other causes like the Red Cross, Help for Heroes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

  • Jeffrey Michael Gordon (NASCAR)

Jeff is a former professional stock car racing driver who was named as one of NASCAR’s fifty greats in 1998, the fifth best of all time by Fox Sports and the tenth in the list of Terry Blount’s twenty five greatest drivers of all time. He was pretty much the force to be reckoned with in the track. He set up the “Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation” to support children battling cancer. Furthermore, the charity supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and patients who need the healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. This move was prompted after one of his crews had a son who suffered and battled leukemia.

So who are other philanthropic athletes that you know of? We’re sure the list is long so go ahead and share your thoughts.

Tony Bloom and His Philanthropic Works

May 10th, 2016

Tony BloomTony Bloom, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s chairman and major stockholder and investor is a man that’s more than just all sports and business. His contributions to the sport may have earned him the “Brightonian of the Year” award in 2009 but his philanthropic achievements have earned him the respect and gratitude of many.

He has established the “Bloom Foundation”, formerly known as the ‘Tony Bloom Charitable Trust’. Its charitable objects state that is 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. 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 charity’s main focus is poverty in Europe, the United Kingdom and the numerous developing countries in Asia and Africa. Among the causes to which it offers grant for include health and wellbeing, famine relief, hunger, economic and community development, training and education, employment, poverty relief and life saving efforts.

The Bloom Foundation is composed of five trustees including Tony himself, his wife Linda, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarma and Adam Franks. In March of 2015, the charity has £3.1 million worth of income from voluntary pledges and donations and £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management. Its books show a 61% utilization of resources for charitable spending, 1% for income generation activities and the remaining 38% retained for future purposes.

Apart from the said charity, Tony also supports another cause particularly that set up by his wife called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation. About fifteen years ago, Linda herself was diagnosed with the disabling condition that affects the central nervous system. During her first months, her situation became so bad that she couldn’t even lift a pen. After several methods and a lifestyle change, she eventually managed to get MS under control. Still, the said condition has no known cause and cure yet. The foundation is meant to help patients understand their situation and guide in terms of informed decisions and lifestyle improvement.

In 2011 and 2015, Tony Bloom ran the Brighton marathon in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the OMS Foundation and Multiple Sclerosis.

Behind the Man: Tony Bloom

April 21st, 2016

The meaning behind a person’s given name is quite a fascinating topic, don’t you agree? How many times have you wondered whether the actual meaning behind your name matches the person that you are? Well, Tony Bloom’s does and here’s why.

Tony was actually born as an Anthony Bloom in town of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Anthony/Tony is an English name that had Roman and Latin origins and has been in use since the medieval ages. It means “highly praiseworthy”. People with such a name are said to be influential and has a great command and leadership among people.

Does it actually match the person that is Mr. Bloom? Is he really a highly praiseworthy man, a leader and an influencer? Here are a few noteworthy things about him. We’ll let you decide.


His love for the sport began at a young age with several members of his family supporting football and investing in it not only emotionally but financially as well. As a matter of fact, three generations and over forty years of Blooms have done so. His grandpa Harry served as the Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. vice chairman in the 1970s and his uncle Ray was a director in the 1980s. It was no surprise when he followed suit in 2009 and became its chairman up to the present.


Before he became chairman, Tony has already supported the sport and the club since the year 2000 as one of its major investors and stockholders. He was known to have helped ‘personally’ finance the American Express Community Stadium (aka Amex and formerly the Falmer Stadium) as well as the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which are both currently operational.


Because of his contributions and devotion to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and the sport in general, he was awarded as the Brightonian of the Year in the same year that he became chairman of the said club.


In order to fight poverty in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Africa, he has founded a charity called the Bloom Foundation together with fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. Tony Bloom is also known to ardently support the cause of his wife who was previously diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She too set up a charity called the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis).

Tony Bloom on Raising Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

March 25th, 2016

Linda-Bloom-MSAround fifteen years ago, Tony Bloom, famous businessman, wealthy investor and chairman to the Brighton and Hove Albion F.C., received a blow to the stomach. Figuratively, that is.

Married to Australian born psychologist Linda who happens to have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Tony recalls the process to be painful emotionally and physically.

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic, unpredictable and often progressive disease that comes in the form of relapses that affects the central nervous system. It attacks and destroys tissues in the brain and spinal cord. To be specific, it comes as a misdirected attack from the immune system that targets the white, fatty material that coats nerve fibers called the myelin. Myelin is important as it insulates and speeds the transmission of nerve signals relaying information into, within, and out of the brain and spinal cord. When damaged or destroyed, the flow of the said signals results to a variety of neurological problems including numbness, blindness and paralysis.

What’s interesting and also alarming about MS is the fact that it has no known cause or definite cure. Its symptoms are different for each patient and vary in severity and duration. Some of these symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, balance and vision problems, tremors, fatigue, lack of coordination, spasticity, slurred speech, bowel or bladder problems, troubles with memory or reasoning, depression and partial or complete paralysis among others.

Although Multiple Sclerosis has a number of symptoms that create severe disability and discomfort, it does not exactly shorten a person’s life span. However, the symptoms over time can result to other complications.

In Linda Bloom’s case, Tony remembers her first months to be so awful that she could barely move her limbs. Getting up from a couch seemed impossible and lifting a pen was too herculean an effort. At present and with the help of proper diet, adequate exercise, self-hypnosis, meditation yoga, and a lifestyle geared towards health and optimism, she has gotten her condition in control and is doing better.

It is for the same reason why Linda and Tony Bloom set up the OMSF which stood for “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Foundation” together with fellow trustees Joe Murray, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. It is a charity geared towards helping patients afflicted with MS make better informed decisions and improve the state they are in.

In a bid to raise awareness and funds for the cause and the OMSF, Tony Bloom has run two Brighton Marathons, one in 2011 and the other in 2015.

Facts About Philanthropy and Charitable Works That Might Surprise You

February 3rd, 2016

Giving is considered a noble act and we see no reason why not. Help no matter how big or small is a huge thing and only further solidifies that there is still faith in humanity. Philanthropy and charitable works abound and everyone is welcome to partake in it. One doesn’t have to be rich in order to give. Even the smallest of gestures and the pledge of volunteerism is a blessing on their own.

Today, we’ll share a few fun facts and trivia about philanthropy that you may not know of yet. Hey, it pays to fill our heads with information no matter how random. Ready? Here we go!

  • The top three most generous countries are Australia, Ireland and Canada in that order. More than two thirds of Australia’s population is said to help a stranger in need or donate to certain causes or charities, a third of the populace on the other hand volunteers.
  • According to statistics, women are more likely to donate money to a stranger or a charity while men on the other hand are most likely to volunteer instead.
  • The most preferred philanthropic activity all over the world is related to health followed by environment and education.
  • Some countries allow tax deductions for charitable donations. The United States of America is one of them.
  • J.K. Rowling achieved billionaire status and became the first ever female billionaire novelist for her Harry Potter books but she was eventually booted off the said list after donating so much to charity. Not a bad way to drop from billions to millions right?
  • nick lesoufNick Le Souef, an Australian, once locked himself behind a glass store window together with three hundred poisonous spiders for three weeks in order to raise money and awareness for Variety,a children’s charity.
  • You’d be surprised to know that 22% of the total donations accumulated in the whole world are done during t
    he 30th and 31st of December, the last two days of the year.
  • Technology and social media has become very powerful tools in raising both awareness and funds for charity. Crowdfunding is by far one of the most commonly used methods. In terms of social media sites, Facebook is the most powerful.
  • In the United Kingdom alone, there are about 160,000 charities with a combined income from voluntary pledges, donations and investments of about £39 billion a year.