Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Cleaner overcome with emotion after students raised money to send him on holiday
A university cleaner, loved so much by students, was reduced to tears after students raised money to send him to Jamaica on holiday. Herman Gordon is loved by everyone at Bristol University for his positive attitude and happy-go-lucky nature. They decided they wanted to reward him and over 230 students donated to a JustGiving page that raised £1,500 for the cleaner's family to go on a trip abroad.
He was called "the epitome of happiness" by students as the crowdfunding appeal was launched.
"The Jamaican cleaner in the med library is the jolliest man I have ever met, he makes me smile even when I’m in the deepest depths of revision… If you wanna reason to smile, go talk to him for a min or two," the crowdfunding appeal read.
A video of Mr Gordon being surprised with the money was later shared online. In it, he is seen wiping away tears and thanking the students for the kind gesture. The money will pay for him and his wife to go and see family on the island, who they haven’t seen in four years. The gift was accompanied by a note addressed from "Bristol Students", which thanked Mr Gordon for his "positive energy" over the years.
"You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you," the not read.
Mr Gordon has worked at Bristol University as part of the cleaning staff for 12 years.
Below is the emotional video.