Bristol University cleaner enjoys holiday to Jamaica paid for by student crowdfunding


Students at Bristol University have raised more than £1,500 so Herman Gordon, a cleaner at the campus can visit his family for the first time in a decade.

The cleaner says he feels like a “trillionaire” as he enjoys a luxurious Jamaican holiday paid for by students at the university where he works.

Approximately 230 students raised money through crowdfunding so that Gordon, who has not been to his home country in over a decade, could visit his family. The students managed to raise about £1,500.

When he was surprised with the money in June, Mr Gordon was given a letter which thanked him for “all the positive energy you have given to us throughout the years”.

Mr Gordon, who works in one of the university’s libraries, is now in Jamaica with his wife Denise and has stayed at a five-star resort in Montego Bay, courtesy of Sandals Resorts.

In a tribute to the generous students, he said: “God bless you all. Everybody will see this and think that I’m a trillionaire.”

During their two-night stay in Montego Bay, Mr Gordon and his wife sipped champagne, dined on the beach and enjoyed a boat tour. They will go on to visit family in Kingston.

Others said he was “the jolliest man I have ever met”, adding: “If you want a reason to smile, go talk to him for a minute or two.”

With tears, Mr Gordon expressed his thanks to the students and  said: “When you see things like this you know that somebody loves you. God bless you all.”

Details of the Gordons’ trip were shared on the Bristruths Facebook page, where the idea to help Mr Gordon first came up in May.

-SKY News

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