Bristol University students have raised £1,500 for a much-loved cleaner who came to the UK in 1967 so that he can visit his family in Jamaica with his wife.
Herman Gordon, who is adored by students for his positive attitude and happy-go-lucky approach to life, broke down in tears after generous undergrads handed over the cash gift.
The money was raised via a JustGiving page to fund a week’s trip for Mr Gordon and his wife to visit family in the Caribbean with more than 230 students donating.
‘He is the epitome of happiness,’ the donation page reads. Mr Gordon, who is in his mid 60s, came to the UK from Kingston, Jamaica, as a 15-year-old in 1967 as part of the Windrush generation.
Speaking to Mail Online, his wife Denise revealed that he called her in tears after receiving the money, overwhelmed by the kindness of the students.
She said: ‘He phoned me and he was so excited that he couldn’t get his words out… he was crying down the phone.
‘He said the students have given me this money for us to go to Jamaica… he said: ”I can’t believe it! We are going to see my family in Jamaica. I am going home to see my uncle George and all the cousins.”
‘He was in shock, but so happy. Just overwhelmed by the students’ kindness.’
She added: ‘It is amazing, he had no idea. We are both in shock. They are lovely students.’
Mrs Gordon said her husband has always been a happy person. The couple is set to celebrate their 23rd anniversary wedding together in July after meeting in Birmingham. Mr Gordon has worked at Bristol University as part of the cleaning staff for 12 year .