Businessman-investor and football club chairman Tony Bloom has more up his sleeves. As if they weren’t already full, he adds philanthropist to the list. And we’re not talking about just one charity but two.
In 2011, he set up the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust together with fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Adam Franks, Marc Sugarman and Marcelle Lester. It’s charitable objects reads as follows:
“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 since offered and made grants to various causes, projects, activities, organizations and efforts that are geared towards poverty. It supports efforts made towards disability, economic and community development, employment, training and education, overseas aid, famine relief, health advancement, health improvement, life saving efforts, prevention or relief of poverty, general and other charitable purposes. Soon after, it was renamed to simply the Bloom Foundation. It currently holds office at London and targets several areas all over the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the developing nations in Africa and Asia.
With his wife Linda who is the main founder of the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation, Tony’s advocacies also include spreading awareness about the condition and helping patients suffering from it. He even ran the Brighton marathon twice to raise both funds and awareness for the said charity.
The OMS Foundation was a result of the couple’s personal battle with the condition. Around more than a decade ago, Linda was diagnosed with MS where she was left almost paralyzed.
The debilitating disease is a rare one that affects only 0.035% of the world population. It is a degenerative neurological disease that affects the central nervous system and disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between it and the body causing symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, difficulty in balance, bladder issues, muscle stiffness, spasms, memory incapacity, speaking problems and emotional instability among others.
Tony Bloom sure has a big heart and these sure are enough to prove it.