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When This Student Gives University Cleaner An Enveloppe, He Bursts Out Crying

This is hero Bristol University cleaner Herman Gordon pictured when he first arrived in the UK from Jamaica as part of the Windrush generation. 

Herman Gordon came to the UK when he was only 12 years old due to the Windrush generation

Students at the university have raised £1,500 for the much-loved cleaner so he can visit his family in Jamaica with his wife.

Mr 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 12-year-old in 1967.

Speaking to MailOnline, his wife Denise revealed that he called her in tears after receiving the money, overwhelmed by the kindness of the students.

Students adored him for his positive attitude, so they decided to raise money so he could go on holiday to Jamaica.

Mrs Gordon provided the picture, which appeared on her husband’s passport when he arrived in England as a youngster.

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.

His wife said he called her with tears in her eyes and couldn’t get his words out.

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 years.

Last June, Mr Gordon was dubbed an ‘icon’ by the University of Bristol Library’s Instagram page, saying he was a familiar face to many of the medical students at the university.

His hobbies include rooting for Arsenal and playing the lottery, ‘hoping one day to hit the jackpot and move back to Jamaica’, according to the page.

A video of Mr Gordon being surprised with the money was posted online where he becomes emotional and thanks the Bristol students for their kind token of appreciation.

The gift was accompanied by a note addressed from ‘Bristol Students’, which thanked Mr Gordon for his ‘positive energy’ over the years.

Needless to say, when Mr Gordon received the money, he was unable to keep it dry. Touched by the generosity.

‘You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you.’

Explaining his positive approach to life, Mr Gordon told BBC Newsbeat it’s important to keep away ‘negative vibes’.

‘I know that these students are studying. You don’t want any negative vibes around them.

‘They speak good things to me, I speak good things to them, and I bless them all.’

The Joliest Man

According to an admin from the Bristruths Facebook page – an anonymous ‘truth’ page for Bristol University – the idea for Mr Gordon’s trip came from a Facebook post.

‘It all started with this post on the 19th May,’ they said.

The initial post called Mr Gordon ‘the jolliest man I have ever met’ and said ‘if you wanna reason to smile, go talk to him for a min or two’.

A day later, another anonymous Facebook user posted that they were starting a crowdfunding page for him.

In July Herman and his wife will be celebrating their anniversary in Jamaica, thanks to the generous students.

Within five days, they’d almost reached their target.

Mr Gordon said that he was overcome with emotion when he received the money from the students.

He’d never mentioned anything about wanting to go away, so receiving the money was ‘out of the blue’.

‘I don’t know if you know that song – ‘Many a tear has to fall/But it’s all in the game’,’ he said.

‘That’s what happened. A lot of tears.’

Former students took to Twitter to share their experiences with Mr Gordon.

Anh Hoang Le wrote: ‘Oh my gosh, the happy cleaner who always gives fist bumps to students, I was honoured to fist bump him once! He’s the spirit of the Medical library.’

Max added: ‘Big up Herman! Always managed to put a smile on my face during exam season!’