The nameUniversity of Withywood’ originates from our founder Anton Bantock’s home in Withywood, south Bristol, United Kingdom. After early retirement from teaching History in 1987, he converted his small bungalow into an open house where lectures and local events took place. This evolved over the years and all the money raised went to into The Sponsorship Fund.

The idea of The Sponsorship Fund had begun many years before when Anton had started travelling the world in 1963. After visiting the Middle East, Africa and Asia he encountered many young people eager to continue their education so he began to sponsor first one, then two, then ultimately many more from his own pocket.

Anton passed away in 2015 aged 82; he dedicated as much time, energy and resources available to him (in 50 years or so) sponsoring those less fortunate gain an education. As he was the main instigator in the running of The Sponsorship Fund we could have decided to close it down as it had achieved so much during his lifetime. However his humble attitude towards helping young people is a huge inspiration to anyone who would like to follow in similar footsteps. To honour his hard work, persistence and ultimately his success we will continue this good cause with the same principles and ethos.