The Rt. Hon. Baroness Thatcher has added her signature of support to the British Forces Foundation’s Lap of Honour initiative.

The President of the British Forces Foundation, signed the car at the Royal Hospital, home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Baroness Thatcher said: “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces who are often called on to serve in difficult circumstances around the world.

”And if the British Forces Foundation can relieve some of the pressures under which they work, then we also contribute towards the well-being and morale of all those who serve this country. This initiative has already received some fantastic support and I hope this continues.“

Baroness Thatcher joined an impressive list of British icons that now includes Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Sir Michael Caine, Kate Moss, Sir Roger Moore, Hugh Grant, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John, David Beckham, Sir Michael Parkinson, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Joanna Lumley.

The British Forces Foundation launched its Lap of Honour project in June 2008. Fronted by BFF Trustee Katherine Jenkins, the project marks the charity’s 10th anniversary year.

The car will be given a high profile send off by auction house Bonhams on 3rd July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Alongside the money raised at auction, a minimum of 100 selected major British brand names are being asked to donate £1,000 as a pledge of support to the men and women of the Armed Forces. At the half way stage, The Lap of Honour campaign is on a quest to bolster the kind donations already made to date by British Airways, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmith Kline and Jaguar Land Rover.

BFF Director, Mark Cann, said: “The Lap of Honour is a celebration of the British link between companies, eminent icons and serving personnel. We are so grateful to the companies and famous faces that have given us their support so far. This sends a powerful message of support our Armed Forces I encourage others to follow their lead to help us hit our target.”

To sign up your support of The British Forces Foundation's Lap of Honour please go to www.bff.org.uk for further details.