These UK University Students Sent Their Janitor on a Long-Overdue Vacation

Sep 28, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A group of Bristol University students recently sent their beloved custodian on a long-awaited vacation.

The UK kids raised nearly $2,000 so they could send Herman Gordon home to Jamaica for the first time in a decade, the Independent reported. The crowdfunding campaign went viral because of a Facebook group and the students were able to raise the amount needed within a few days.

“I started it because I know everybody loves Herman for his happy energy,” a medical student who came up with the idea told CNN. “I thought sending him to his home country of Jamaica would be a beautiful way of giving back for all that he does.”

Photo provided by Sandals Resorts

The students were able to send both Gordon and his wife Denise on vacation, and when the all-inclusive Sandals Resorts learned about the fundraiser, the company invited the couple to send two nights at their luxury Montego Bay hotel. As part of a belated 23rd anniversary gift, the couple was treated to massages and a candlelit dinner before heading off to spend time with their family.

Gordon was brought to tears when the Bristol students gave him the gift. When he opened the envelope, he found hundreds of pounds and letters from the students, CNN reported.

“On behalf of the students at Bristol, we would like to thank you for all the positive energy you have given to us throughout the years,” read the note. “You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you.”

According to CNN, a video shows Gordon saying, “When you see things like this, you know that somebody loves you.”

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.