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Cleaner's joy at Jamaica trip paid for by students

HAPPY HOLIDAY: Herman Gordon and his wife Denise at the Sandals resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica (Image: Sandals)

A BELOVED Bristol University cleaner who returned to Jamaica for the first time in almost a decade has thanked students who paid fundraised for him and his wife to take the trip.

Herman Gordon was surprised by the students who raised £1,500 for the holiday and he shed tears of joy when he was presented with the money in June.

Photographs and details of Gordon’s holiday have been posted on a Bristol University Facebook page run by students.

"God bless you all. Everybody will see this and think that I’m a trillionaire,” Gordon said.

His wife, Denise, said: “I just wanted to say thank you to all the University of Bristol students for this gift that they have given to me and Herman.”

Gordon and his wife were able to spend two nights at the Sandals resort in Montego Bay and celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary in style.

They also used the trip to spend time with family in Kingston.

A member of the Windrush generation, the 65-year-old arrived in the UK from Jamaica aged 12.

He has worked at the university for 12 years.

Around 230 students at Bristol University supported the crowdfunder for Gordon’s trip, which reached its target within just a week.

In the video that captures the moment Gordon opened the envelope filled with cash, he is heard saying: “When you see something like this you know that somebody loves you.”

“I want to say thank you for everything...God bless everyone of you, everyone.”

The money from licensing the video, which has been reportedly viewed millions of times, has been donated to Mind, the mental health charity.

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