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Helping out others . . . Residents look on as Whalan Lodge trust chairman Barney McCone (left) accepts a $3000 cheque from Ostler Wines owner Jim Jerram. PHOTO: SARAH GREEN

There were no sour grapes for staff and residents of Whalan Lodge last week.

Instead, the Kurow retirement home was toasting the generosity of a local vineyard and the people who work there.

Whalan Lodge was presented with $3000 by Ostler Wines owner Jim Jerram at a function that also included a chance for lodge residents to sample wine.

During the harvest season, the winery seeks the help of volunteers, and to recognise their efforts, the winery donates money to a charity.

“We’re just always amazed at the generosity of people who give their time,” Mr Jerram said.

For years, the charity of choice had been the New Zealand Spinal Trust.

“We realised that it was probably time to be doing something closer to home,” Mr Jerram said.

“It’s just nice to be able to recognise all that effort and goodwill by giving something back to the community.”

Whalon Lodge manager Sarah Green was thrilled at the winery’s donation.

“I was amazed at the generosity of people picking for a charity they maybe had no involvement with,” she said.

The residents of the lodge were “blown away” by the donation and the chance to try some Ostler wine.

“They just loved it – it was a great afternoon,” she said.