Gordon came to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in 1967, the Independent reported. He has not seen his family there in more than a decade.
"I am blessed and feeling good," Gordon told the Independent. "I think the students should be there with me as well. I try to do my best with the students to help them. When I am cleaning the library, I chat to them and give them advice. I try to encourage them to do their best in life when they finish their studies."
The fundraiser went viral, garnering the attention of the resort Sandals, which offered the couple a free two-night stay as a belated gift to celebrate their 23rd anniversary, CNN reported.
"When you see things like this, you know that somebody loves you," Gordon said.