We all know that one person who is always smiling no matter what. Well at the University of Bristol their campus favorite goes by the name of Herman Gordon. He is a university custodian from Jamaica, who came to the UK back in 1967 when he was only 12 years-old. According to the university’s students, Herman always puts a smile on everyone’s face.


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As it turns out, Herman is so beloved students began talking about him on their campus website. The page is dedicated to University of Bristol students where they can share various anonymous messages. From funny to truly relatable posts, this page lets you share how you feel with other students. “On Bristruths, people can submit ‘truths’ via a google form. These are then posted anonymously by us (all based around the University of Bristol),” Bristruths told Bored Panda.

On May 19th, one particular message caught everyone’s attention. According to Bristruths, “The idea started when someone posted about how happy and jolly Herman always was, then someone said they might start a fundraiser for him, and off it went.” After this anonymous initiative, students decided to create a JustGiving page for Herman so he could visit his motherland of Jamaica with his wife. A month later the ‘Bristruths’ page announced, that with the help of over 250 students, they had raised  £1,500 to give to Herman.

Scroll down to see the heartwarming video of Herman receiving his gift! Bristruths is also encouraging others to donate to MIND, a UK Mental Health Charity that helps university students with mental health issues.

More info: Bristruths

Meet Herman Gordon, he moved from Jamaica to the UK back in 1967, when he was only 12-years-old

Image credits: Herman Gordon

He currently works as a cleaner at the University of Bristol

Image credits: Herman Gordon

Apparently, there is a page dedicated to students at the University of Bristol where they share anonymous messages, and one post caught everyone’s attention

“The idea started when someone posted about how happy and jolly Herman always was, then someone said they might start a fundraiser for him, and off it went”

Unexpectedly many students started helping to raise the money

And a month later Bristruths shared a heartwarming message, stating that with the help of 250 students, they had raised £1.500 for Herman

This is the letter they gave to their cleaner

Image credits: Bristruths

‘The spirit of the Medical library’ was truly surprised to receive this sort of gift

Check out the video where students surprise their favorite cleaner

Image credits: Bristruths

With this money Herman is planning to visit his homeland of Jamaica with his wife, he hasn’t been home for over 4 years now

Image credits: Danise Neale Gordon

It’s safe to say that many people are celebrating this beautiful initiative