A groundbreaking, year-long pilot project in Northern Ireland followed, where patients from two primary care centres accessed complementary services via their GPs. The pilot, covered in the BBC documentary Get Well NI, delivered impressive results: both patients and GPs reported improved physical and mental health; fewer visits to the GP; less time off work; less dependence on medication.
Boo was an inspiration to the progressive health community. She was a member of the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group, a Women’s Parliamentary Radio board member, and a finalist in the 2004 Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
At the age of 34, Boo was invited by the Prince of Wales to become Director of the Institute of Integrated Health. But she was already ill: within weeks of her appointment, an aggressive cancer was confirmed.
Yet worldly success had never been the real prize for Boo. She had been a seeker on a centrifugal path, breaking out of the privileged orbit she had been born into: roaming far and wide in search of her distinct identity, her calling, her eclectic faith, her true love, her chosen family. She found all these when she met Trish Wassall and her children in March 2008. They became a devoted family, living a life suffused with her deepest values.
Boo died at the Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted, just before midnight on 8 October, 2012, to our great and shared sorrow.