Tony Bloom’s Case Against Multiple Sclerosis

Tony Bloom LindaMore than a businessman, an investor and the chairman to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, Tony Bloom is a certified philanthropist. The causes he has supported and the foundations he has built are proof of that.

In 2011, he founded the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust currently renamed and known as the Bloom Foundation. This charity offers and provides grants to various causes and organizations that support similar objectives particularly in the fight against poverty and the relief efforts geared towards it.

But apart from poverty, Tony also fights for another cause and this is Multiple Sclerosis. About 15 years ago, his wife Linda who also happens to be a registered psychologist to whom he has a son with was diagnosed with the condition.

Multiple Sclerosis, often referred to in its acronym MS, is a degenerative neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. It causes major disruption in the flow of information within the brain and between it and the other organs. It is a disabling condition that causes mobility issues among others with some cases reporting paralysis.

What makes it particularly difficult is the fact that there is no absolute and definite cure and no known cause. It also presents itself in relapses that occur in intervals without exact consistency. Only 2.5 million or 0.3% of the entire world population is said to suffer from this condition. Moreover, symptoms vary from one patient to another making it hard to easily detect its presence.

Among its many symptoms include loss of sight and vision problems, fatigue, muscle stiffness, spasms, numbness of the limbs, dizziness, vertigo, bladder issues, speech difficulty or slurring, mood swings, depression and even complete paralysis.

During Linda’s initial months after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Tony recalls her being in an awful state to the point that she could neither lift a pen nor stand up from her chair. With proper diet, a lifestyle change, self hypnosis, exercise, meditation yoga and the recovery program developed by Professor George Jelinek.

Linda has recovered since then and has full control over her MS. To help those suffering from the same condition, she built the OMS (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis) Foundation with her husband Tony and other trustees from the Bloom Foundation.

In a bid to raise awareness and funds for the cause, Tony Bloom ran the 2011 and 2015 Brighton Marathons in the south coast of England which are held annually every April.

Tony Bloom: The Brighton & Hove Albion Chair

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The Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. is a professional association football club based in the city of Brighton in England. It has quite the interesting history but perhaps one of the best stories that people would often attach to it will have something to do with its current esteemed chairman, Tony Bloom.

But what sets this man apart to the point that people couldn’t help but remember his name at the mention of the club? Well that is what we’re about to tell you today.

Born in the 1970s as Anthony Grant Bloom, Tony grew up in a family who has ardently supported the club both emotionally and financially.

For over forty years, someone from the Blooms has served a post in the club. His grandfather Harry was vice-chairman to Mike Bamber during the Albion’s historic rise from the old Third Division to the First Division of the Football League. His uncle Ray on the other hand was a director.

It was in May of 2009 when Tony succeeded the post from then chairman Harry Dick Knight, known for his often long and ardent speeches. Although considered a man of a few words, Tony became quite the popular man among the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s fans as he spearheaded and helped personally finance two major constructions that have brought the club to a whole new level, all that even before he was appointed chair.

Replay to the year 2000, Tony became a major investor and shareholder to the club. One of the major projects he helped finance was the 30,750 seater American Express Community Stadium, which was formerly known as the Falmer Stadium and nnow more popularly referred to as the Amex.  The stadium had a total construction cost of £93 million and was opened to the public in July 2011. Moreover, he also helped fund the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre which opened back in 2014.

It was no surprise that the man was willing to risk and give so much to the sport and to the Albions given his business and investment background coupled by his family’s history with the club. At present, the team currently plays in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Because of all his achievements and contributions, Tony Bloom was voted and awarded as the “Most Outstanding Brightonian of the Year” in the same year that he sat as the club’s chairman.