Bromley teen’s dream invention

Lauren Del Guercio could win £30,000 if her invention impresses the judges

Lauren Del Guercio could win £30,000 if her invention impresses the judges

(C)James Agnew

A teenager is one step closer to winning £20,000 for her school and £10,000 for herself after dreaming up an invention to help youngsters suffering from nightmares.

Lauren Del Guercio, 14, from The Ravensbourne School, in Hayes Lane, Bromley, was up against more than 700 entrants in bed company Sound Asleep’s mission to find the next big thing in sleep innovation.

Her design, the ‘bed egg’, plays familiar music and projects soothing images around the room.

It will be one of nine entries to be judged by inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, and Ortis Deley, presenter of The Gadget Show, in the national final.

The winner, who will be announced on Monday, will win £20,000 for their school and £10,000 for themselves.

Lauren said: “This is amazing. I’ve never done anything like this before and I definitely didn’t expect to get this far. I’m overwhelmed with excitement and happiness.

“If I won the £10,000 I would put some of it away for university and give part of it to Cancer Research. I’ll probably treat my friends to a nice dinner as well.”

Lauren researched and designed her product as part of her GCSE graphics coursework.

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