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Tony Bloom and His Wife’s Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

linda bloomTony Bloom is a trustee and co-founder of the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Foundation initially set up by his Australian born wife Linda in 2011. The two have been working with various other professionals, individuals and organizations to help raise awareness about the condition and to help those affected by it.

Linda Bloom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2002 when she was only 28 years old and halfway through her psychology masters course. She was in such an awful state that she could neither lift a pen nor get up from her seat. With the help of her sister, she discovered the work of Professor Jelinek which helped her manage her condition and nurse herself back to health.

As Linda Bloom herself stated in an interview: “Professor Jelinek’s work involves a self-help program providing tools to help people with MS take control of their own lives, to manage symptoms and empower themselves to heal. It’s based on the pioneering work of Professor Roy Swank, who started a very long-term research project in 1949, and so builds on over 40 years of research. It involves a plant-based, whole-food diet plus seafood, with very little saturated fat and supplemented by omega-3 oils, especially flaxseed oil – our results showed that flaxseed oil contributed to a 60% reduction in MS relapse rates. The program further recommends vitamin D3 supplementation depending on the availability of sunlight, stress management, exercise and meditation as required.”

The charity spreads information and awareness of such as well as helps patients make better informed decisions and choices for themselves and their condition.

Characterized by relapses with varying types, frequencies and degrees of symptoms, Multiple Sclerosis only affects 0.0357% of the entire population making it one of the rarest conditions in the medical field. Based on statistics, those diagnosed are often between the ages of 20 and 40 with more women than men and are more prevalent in colder regions.

The degenerative neurological disease affects the nervous system and disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between it and the body. Common symptoms include but are not limited to dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, balance issues, bladder problems, muscle stiffness, spasms, memory incapacity, speech difficulty, emotional instability, and numbness among others.

In a bid to raise awareness and funds for the cause, Tony Bloom ran the Brighton marathon twice, first during its inaugural run in 2011 and another one in 2015.

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Tony Bloom and His Advocacy Against Poverty

tony bloom charitableThe dictionary describes poverty as the state of not having enough money to take care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing. A great majority of the world’s population, 80% to be exact, lives on $10 or less a day. The disparity between the rich and the poor is widening more than ever with 40% of the population accounting only to 5% of global income while the rich enjoys a whopping 75%. What makes poverty a global catastrophe is that it catapults into various other social issues like hunger, sickness, lack of education and unemployment among others. This is what Tony Bloom and his foundation fights against.

Tony was born and grew up in the seaside resort town of Brighton in England to a well to-do family. He was sent to elite institutions and has worked in one of the country’s biggest names in accounting. Plus, he’s also the well-celebrated chairman of the Brighton and Hove Albion football club. Despite his upbringing and many successes, Tony has always had a hand when it comes to helping people and fighting poverty. Such was his fervency that in 2011 he spearheaded and founded the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust. Later on, it was then called the Bloom Foundation.

The charity’s main objective is to fight poverty and end it or at least relieve its effects not only in UK and the rest of Europe but also in the developing countries of Africa and Asia. Together with his fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester, they offer and make grants to causes, projects and other organizations that serve the same objectives.

The Bloom Foundation’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 generates income for its charitable undertakings through voluntary pledges and donations and investments and operates its offices in London. In 2015 alone, Tony Bloom and the foundation has generated £3.1 million worth of income, £1.9 million of which were spent on charitable activities, governance and investment management of the same period with the remainder retained for future projects and grants.

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Tony Bloom and His Continuous Fight Against Poverty

tony-bloom-charitable-trustTony Bloom, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s esteemed chairman, does more than just build stadiums and training centers in the likes of the 30,750-seater American Express Community Stadium and the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. He’s also a fervent philanthropist and actively fights poverty not only in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe but also in the developing countries of Asia and Africa.

In 2011, he set up the “Tony Bloom Charitable Trust” which was later on renamed and recognized as “The Bloom Foundation” in a bid to find a systematic and organized means to relieve poverty and its effects and end it for good. The organization focuses on assigning and giving grants to causes, institutions and ventures that serve similar objectives: fighting poverty and its effects.

As per UNICEF’s records, nearly 22,000 children die each day due to hunger and poverty. More than three billion of the world’s entire population suffers from it, living off on less than £2.00 a day with others under extreme conditions of living on less than a £1.00 per day.

Among the many areas that the charity focuses, it has placed massive efforts in areas that concern health, education and training, livelihood and employment, food, water, safety, famine relief, overseas aide and community development among many others.

In fact, the Bloom Foundation’s charitable objects read that it aims to work 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. 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.”

With fellow trustees Linda Bloom, Marc Sugarman, Adam Franks and Marcelle Lester, Tony Bloom and his foundation runs its office in London. In March of 2015, it has reported voluntary pledges, donations and investments that totaled £3.1 million and £1.9 million worth of spending on charitable activities, governance and investment management. Of its total resources, 61% was allotted for charitable activities, 38% were retained for future grants and projects and 1% on governance and income generation activities.