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Young dyslexic entrepreneur designs bra to detect breast cancer

Alex Gyford TeenTech

PHOTO: Alexandria Gyford and her award winning cancer detecting bra (BWB).  The photo is copyrighted to TeenTech.

PRESS RELEASE from Alton Convent School:


Young dyslexic entrepreneur designs bra to detect breast cancer 

‘Bra with Benefits’

The TeenTech Awards marked just the beginning of a transformational journey for Year 11 pupil from Alton Convent School, Alexandria Gyford.  The programme challenges 11 – 18 year olds across the UK to create their own product to make the world, a safer, better and kinder place to be. 

Aged 15, Alex entered and won the Wearable Technology category at the 2016 National TeenTech Awards. Her product, Bra with Benefits is a cancer-detecting bra, designed to identify early stage cancer before any outward signs are visible. 

Alexandria is driven by a desire to make a difference, and experienced first-hand the impact of breast cancer in her own family. As part of the process designing her innovative underwear she’s worked with leading scientists in the US and UK to validate and develop her ideas and designs.

Alexandria’s desire to make a difference surpasses the development of the technology. 

She commented, “I am dyslexic – when I was eight I couldn’t read or write. I was inspired to take part in the TeenTech Awards by some girls in the year above me. I’m so glad I did. Now, I just want to really encourage other children and teenagers not to be limited by labels and follow their dreams.” 

To help get this message out there Alexandria spoke to 150 Year 8 and Year 9 pupils at Winchester Science Centre on International Women’s Day to share her story. She will also be returning to speak at her previous specialist dyslexia school later this year, during National Dyslexia week. 

Alexandria is currently pursuing the further development of her product whilst working towards her GCSEs. Please support Alex to make a difference in recognition of her ground-breaking design and follow on outreach work Alex has been shortlisted for a further award, Tech4Good.

If you would like to vote for Alex please visit

and also tweet # #T4GBraWithBenefits


Dr Louise Clayton, Head of Science at Alton Convent commented, “We are incredibility proud of Alex. She is an ambassador not only for girls in science but for others with dyslexia, showing the world that dyslexics can be exceptional lateral thinkers, with incredible creativity and intelligence, gifted for problem solving. Thank you to everyone who has already voted for Alex and to those who might vote today.”

For further information please contact Claudia Clark | [email protected] | 07946760743


Helen Arkell are proud to support and congratulate Alexandria Gyford on her innovative and worthy achievements. Celebrating another dyslexic entrepreneur!

Bernadette McLean, Principal of Helen Arkell, adds "We encourage all of our young dyslexics to work out what their brains are made for. This often leads to great creativity and people realising their dreams and making the most of their talents.

We encourage Alex to be a role model for her school, just as our patron HRH Princess Beatrice has been for the Helen Arkell community."

Please vote for Alex and vote for dyslexia.


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